Beenie Man missed out on his co-headlining performance at Drake’s OVO Fest Saturday night after reportedly contracting Zika virus. The Jamaican dancehall great shared an Instagram post detailing his struggle, and revealed the Canadian government had denied his visa after finding out that he had tested positive for the virus. He said that the same mosquito had also given him Dengue Fever, and that he was receiving a treatment regimine of “blood tests, injections, [and] pills.”
Jah know…dah week ya deal wid me a way!! ⚠ No visa fi mi Canada show (I apologize again to my fans in case you haven't seen the press release) ⚠ Zika Virus hol' mi ⚠ The same Zika mosquito gi mi dengue. 😠 Blood test, injections, pills. Wi a hol firm still. Selassie a guide I n I right through so once mi have life me a give thanks. #Unstoppable
Beenie was scheduled to perform for a co-headlining set Saturday night alongside Machel Montano.
Zika virus has quickly become an epidemic in the Americas. The virus has become prevalent in many parts of South and Central America, as well as Beenie’s native Caribbean. The first local transmissions in the United States were reported Friday, with a small area near Miami finding several cases of mosquito-borne transmission. Although the virus is very dangerous for pregnant women due to the high risk of birth defects, according to the CDC, the average infected person will experience few to no symptoms.