ZIKA: What we know
- Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitoes bite during the day and night.
- Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.
- There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Additionally, health centers may be seeing patients traveling to/from areas that are on the CDC Zika travel advisory.
Mosquito repellent benefit through Medicaid and other state programs:
Texas Health and Human Services covers select mosquito repellents for the prevention of Zika virus. The following notice describes how clients may access mosquito repellent through Medicaid and other state programs, and provides essential information for pharmacies and prescribers regarding the mosquito repellent benefit.
Mosquito Repellent is Available as a Statewide Benefit- for pharmacies
Mosquito Repellent is Available as a Statewide Benefit- for providers
For patients without benefits, Direct Relief has a limited supply of 2oz tubes of repellent with DEET available for Texas health centers. You can request up to 144 tubes per organization. Contact Kathryn Barnes, Purchasing Program Director at TACHC to request repellent. While supplies last.
Please visit the CDC Zika page for information and additional resources.