Community relations specialists with WellCare of South Carolina will help navigate Healthy Connections regarding Medicaid qualification, recertification process and warning pregnant women to take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites in case one of the insects is carrying the Zika Virus.
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 17 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: 900 Clemson Road, Columbia, SC 29229
With confirmed Zika cases now in South Carolina, WellCare’s Medicaid members statewide can get free mosquito repellant as part of their $10 per household over-the-counter monthly pharmacy benefit. Any member concerned about Zika should consult with their primary care physician or obstetrician.
The Zika virus is spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The illness is usually mild, but it poses an extreme risk for pregnant women, who are at risk of delivering a baby with microcephaly, an abnormally small head, or other severe brain defects.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control recently sent a statewide alert regarding the ongoing activities to prepare for and respond to the Zika Virus in South Carolina.
To help protect against the virus and prevent its spread, people can also: take steps to remove any standing water in or outside their homes which can be breeding grounds; use mosquito repellant; wear long sleeves and pants; and stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitos outside.
CONTACT: Charles Talbert, WellCare Health Plans, Inc., 770-913-2181 or firstname.lastname@example.org