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Zika Virus Concerns Prompt Community Forum On South Coast

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.

The forum will feature a number of local health experts. It will take place at 6 tomorrow night at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center in Santa Barbara.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.