CaribWorldNews, BROOKLYN, NY, Tues. Oct. 13, 2009: A Jamaica-born, Brooklyn-based reggae singer has put the spotlight on the deadly H1N1 or swine flu virus in song.
Mikey Jarrett along with J.D. Smooth have just released their new song titled `Swine Flu.` Jarett, who was born in Trench Town, Jamaican and later migrated to the United States, told Whatz Up TV that he is trying hard to educate people on the disease through his music.
`Beware,` sings Jarrett as Smooth advises all, `As you start cough and sneeze go see the doctor because swine flu is taking over.`
`Swine flu deh bout yah … a wan serious virus,` added Jarret, while urging all to wash their hands and sanitize, `whether big or small` as swine flu will `make you bawl.`
Jarrett says he started his career as an entertainer in the dance hall, `chanting, chatting, toasting on numerous reggae sound systems like: `Son`s Junior,` `Sir Tommy`s,` `Papa Moke` and `Down Beat the Ruler` among others, according to his MySpace page.
In 1981, he successfully had his First Hit `Sadat` and in 1983, he was `Crowned` the `King of Brooklyn` in the Dance Hall.
In 1983, Jarrett started his own independent label called `What`s Up Doc?` and self-produced another successful tune titled `Nothing Nah Safe.`
Jarrett has also produced such artist like Horace Andy among others.
Swine flu rates across the U.S. have increased leading to some deaths. But regulatory authorities have licensed pandemic vaccines that they hope will fight the disease in Australia, China and the United States of America, soon to be followed by Japan and several countries in Europe. The symptoms of 2009 H1N1 flu virus in people, according to the Center for Disease Control, include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, including 2009 H1N1 and have respiratory symptoms without a fever. Severe illnesses and deaths have occurred as a result of illness associated with this virus.
CDC officials urge all to wash hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and if you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.