Dancehall star Beenie Man contracts Zika virus


Celebrated Jamaican artiste Beenie Man canceled his Saturday, July 30 performance at Toronto’s OVO Fest after he was diagnosed with Zika.

Beenie Man took to Instagram to reveal that following the diagnosis, he was denied a Canadian visa. He shared a photo of himself, seemingly in considerable pain, undergoing blood tests.

“No visa for my Canada show after I was diagnosed with Zika. Blood tests, injections, pills. We are still firm though,” the Jamaican singer wrote.

Beenie Man was to play alongside Trinidad’s Machel Montano.

Ticketmaster confirmed that Beenie Man had canceled his OVO appearance, telling ticket buyers in a statement: “Due to immigration issues Beenie Man will no longer be able to perform as part of OVO Fest 2016 on Saturday July 30th at TD Echo Beach in Toronto. In his place we have booked a slew of surprise special guests and of course Machel Montano will still headline as planned, with special guests of his own.”

Zika virus is spread primarily through mosquitoes. Causing fever, rashes and joint pain, the virus can also be spread sexually and is known to cause birth defects in pregnant women, which caused a health emergency in 2015. Currently there is no vaccine for Zika.

The World Health Organization notes those suffering from Zika virus face symptoms like mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache.

The symptoms generally last from two to seven days. However, pregnant women who contract the Zika virus have given birth to babies born with microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome.



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