Texas Health Steps

Overview of Zika Virus and the Mosquito Repellent Benefit

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Zika virus is passed to humans who are bitten by infected mosquitos. The virus then can be transmitted among humans through sexual contact with an infected person and can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Many individuals infected with Zika have no symptoms or mild symptoms lasting for several days to a week. However, when acquired during pregnancy, Zika virus can cause microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects.

Texas Medicaid makes mosquito repellent available year-round to eligible individuals at risk of contracting Zika virus that could be transmitted to a pregnant woman or fetus. Pharmacies enrolled in the Texas Vendor Drug Program (VDP) can dispense mosquito repellent to eligible recipients without a prescription using the Texas Medicaid Standing Order for Mosquito Repellent. This course provides information and resources for pharmacy providers. Links to all resources are provided in the Resources section at the end of the course.

Need to know

The Texas Medicaid Standing Order for Mosquito Repellent functions as a prescription for eligible individuals to receive mosquito repellent from a pharmacy. Participating pharmacies can request a copy of the current standing order by emailing vdp-formulary@hhsc.state.tx.us. Download a helpful FAQ document about the standing order from the Texas Vendor Drug website.