The Zika virus has grabbed the attention of the world in recent weeks. The new disease on the block is carried by mosquitoes and its symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes), muscle pain and/or headache. There are no vaccines or treatments for the Zika virus, yet, and one out of every five people who have Zika become ill. Those odds did not work in favor of Brazilian crime boss Laio Estevao da Silva, who contracted the virus. Zika forced the kingpin to bedridden status, which was the state he was in when police arrested him last week.
According to The Mirror, da Silva controls the drug trade in Morro da Mangueira favela in Rio De Janeiro. With his brother, Eduardo serving as his number 2, he is the ruling general of an army that is 300 deep in the “City of God.” Police chief Hilton Alonso elaborated, “He was the general manager of the drugs trade in the Morror da Magueira favela as well as being responsible for all the preparation of cocaine for consumption and sale.”
Da Silva and his crew are implicated in dozens of murders in the slum, as well as bank robberies, kidnappings and other crimes. Last year, he was charged with being the brains behind a “brazen attack” on a police base, in which left an officer was shot and a squad car Swiss-cheesed. An arrest warrant was issued for him on the charges of attempted murder, drugs trafficking, bank robbery and damage to a police vehicle
In the meantime, the crime boss contracted the Zika virus. He tried to summon a private doctor to come treat him, but could find none willing to come into the favela. Left with few other treatment options, he traveled to Sao Goncalo, hometown of his girlfriend (who may need to get checked out, since Zika is now considered an STD). It was here that police captured the debilitated kingpin, who offered no resistance. He finally got some medical attention when he was taken to the high-security Bangu prison in Rio.
Showing little to no sympathy, Alonso said, “This time the mosquito bit the right person.”