International health agencies have quickly mobilized to combat the Zika virus.
The World Health Organization declared a global public health emergency stating that the mosquito-borne virus is expected to spread to all countries in the Americas except Canada and Chile. WHO has issued $56 million to fight the disease through June.
Though Zika has been around for decades, the first recognized outbreak came in 2007. The CDC developed a test for the virus and has made it a priority to develop more tests for the disease in light of the recent outbreak. Officials from the Atlanta-based organization are working with researchers in Brazil to better understand the virus.
Vaccines have been fast-tracked. Rumors have flown about the virus and scientists have chimed in to debunk myths about the true origins of Zika.
The scariest thing about Zika is that while it has been around for a long time, so much about it is unknown. It is suspected of causing birth defects when contracted by pregnant women, and may also be linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults, though most adults (80 percent) who get the infection will have no symptoms.
While health officials are proactively doing what they do best, one country decided to do what they do best to combat the spread of Zika.
There has only been one documented case of Zika in Jamaica, but the Ministry of Health issued a special public service video on how to prevent it.
Dr. Michael Abrahams sings a dance-hall tinged tune "We Nuh Want ZIKV," while showing viewers how to empty water in vases daily, poke holes in tin cans and properly dispose of garbage.
He also asks community members to be vigilant when touring their neighborhoods and yards turning over drum pans that could house water and attract the insects. To wrap it up, he gives a special shout out to pregnant women.
Nedra Rhone is a lifestyle columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution where she has been a reporter since 2006. A graduate of Columbia University School of Journalism, she enjoys writing about the people, places and events that define metro Atlanta.