Earlier this year I visited Brazil’s official website. It was infested with mosquitoes. They crawled in from the corners and buzzed around the web content. My first thought was “it’s a hack”, but as I moved my mouse a swatter appeared. I clicked over a mosquito and a blood-red banner popped up reading "Just killing a mosquito is not good enough. We cannot let it be born, and that depends on all of us."
It wasn’t a game or a hack. It was a smart effort by Brazil’s government to raise awareness about the Zika. The banner had links to Brazil’s Health Ministry page. It told how Brazil had mobilised 220,000 members of the armed forces and 300,000 government agents to deal with Zika. They would distribute information about the virus and carry large signs that read "Get out, Zika." Musicians played samba along the famous Ipanema Beach.
"A mosquito is not stronger than the whole country," the page said.
Jamaica is fighting Zika too. It’s using reggae music. "We Nuh Want Zik V!" sings Dr Michael Abrahams. He is a gynecologist, obstetrician, comedian, poet.
Dr Abrahams' music advises Jamaicans to dispose of sources of stagnant water and use mosquito repellent. He says he’s ”urging all Jamaicans, for 2016, to resolve to do all that we can to fight the Zika virus and increase public awareness about it. Armed with our knowledge of ZIKV, and being amply warned, we must play our part in preparing our country for what appears to be the inevitable." Jamaica recommends that women postpone pregnancy.