Zika Virus

Zika 101 – CDC Informational Video

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

In response, CDC has issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

Mosquito Repellent is Available as a Statewide Benefit

Texas Health and Human Services covers certain mosquito repellent products for the prevention of Zika virus as a benefit in Medicaid and other state programs.

Who is covered?

Pregnant women of any age, women and girls ages 10-55, and males 14 and older, as applicable, in the following programs:

  • Medicaid
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • CHIP-Perinatal
  • Healthy Texas Women program
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs services program
  • Family Planning Program
  • Title V Prenatal Medical Fee-for-Service Program

Download more information provided by The Texas Department of State Health Services here






Where can I find more information about Zika and Zika prevention?

Texas Department of State Health Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention