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Second Zika Case Discovered In Santa Barbara County; Both Are Travel Related

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.

The county has received more than 90 specimens so far for Zika virus testing. It’s expected that with healthcare providers following federal recommendations for testing of people traveling to high risk areas of the world, the local number of confirmed cases will increase.

So far, the type of mosquitoes which can transmit Zika have not been detected on the Central or South Coasts.

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. 
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