Beenie Man releases song about #Chikungunya

An Aedes albopictus female mosquito feeds on a human blood meal. Photo by James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

An Aedes albopictus female mosquito feeds on a human blood meal.
Photo by James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Over a decade ago, Beenie Man scored a major hit with ‘Dengue Fever’, how he is back deejaying about the latest disease sweeping across Jamaica, Chikungunya.

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The disease has inspired him to team up with the Astronauts for this humorous send-up to the endemic that has infected thousands over the past two months. Produced by LockeCityMusic Group, the song is certified hit because of its infectious hook, and biting lyrics.

Beenie Man lists a frightening arrangement of diseases which have afflicted the human race in the last century. He sings:
We face flu, polo, pink eye, chicken pox, we thank God fi nuh send Ebola We face mumps, measles and cancer The AIDS question still nuh have no answer Ah biological war dem a start pon we Dem send a mosquito weh a backbiter

The songs lists out symptoms of the disease: “Yu caan go work fi a week, mash up yu hands and mek yu bone dem weak”.

But it is the Astronauts who boost the song with a funny hook:
Mi nuh fraida nuh human being ,or how much gunman inna yu scheme Yu could have a dozen M 16 Mi only fraida chikungunya Mi no care yu a which bad man Neither which garrison yu come from Yu coulda spar wid a million don Mi only fraida chicken gunman

Dr Fenton Ferguson sunday night appealed to the country to help the health authorities combat the rapidly spreading Chikungunya virus and insisted that his ministry has responded adequately to the disease.

Vector illustration of stop chikungunya epidemic concept

“While the Government must lead the process, citizens have a major role to play in the reduction of the spread of this disease,” Dr Ferguson said. “It is therefore important for all of us to ensure that we are not harbouring this mosquito in our homes. Personal responsibility is going to be of utmost importance in the reduction of the spread of this disease.”

He appealed to Jamaicans to take 10 minutes each week to look around their homes, school, workplace, and church and ensure that there is no uncovered container with water that could breed mosquitoes.

“Check your flower pot saucers, your dish drain boards, your refrigerator troughs, plants, pet feeding bowls. Scrub them clean to get rid of the mosquito eggs and punch holes in tin cans,” Dr Ferguson urged.

Beenie Man