The Department of Health has concluded that twenty-one cases of the Zika virus are likely mosquito-borne and that active transmission of the Zika virus is likely occurring in one small area of Miami-Dade County.
Healthcare providers can help prevent the spread of the virus and keep Florida healthy. The Agency for Health Care Administration has added mosquito repellant products to the approved over the counter benefits list for Florida’s Medicaid recipients. Recipients may contact their health plans directly to confirm which repellants are available to them and where to obtain them. The contact information for plans serving Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties is available here.
This Think Zika guide offers three easy steps to identify, test, and report a Zika virus infection. Additional information and resources are available on the Department of Health’s website, accessible here.
The Florida Department of Health Spill the Water Campaign helps teach kids and parents how to protect themselves from mosquitoes. Use the resources on the campaign website to educate your patients and their parents on how to protect themselves from mosquitos.