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Ventura County Health officials are busy with a rash of new Zika and West Nile virus cases reported in the county.

The County is now confirming that it’s up to four confirmed Zika cases in the county, as well as one probable case. Health officials say all of the cases are among people who were recently traveled internationally. Zika can be transmitted by mosquitos, and well as by sexual contact between people. However, the type of mosquitoes which carry Zika haven’t been found in Ventura County.

A second case of Zika virus has been discovered in Santa Barbara County.

The Santa Barbara County Health Department says a female who wasn’t pregnant contracted the virus, which can cause birth defects. County Health officials say both cases discovered so far are related to people who traveled to areas of the world where Zika is an issue.

Concerns about potential impacts of Zika virus are prompting a community forum on the South Coast this week.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, along with women from the non-profit Goleta based group Direct Relief International are co-sponsoring tomorrow night’s event in Santa Barbara. Zika virus is a mosquito borne disease which can also be transmitted by humans.

While most of the time there are no impacts on those infected by it, it can cause birth defects if a pregnant woman contracts it.

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It’s a global health problem that has officials worried here at home, on the Central and South Coasts as well.