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New Zika, West Nile Cases Reported on South Coast

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Zika virus can be carried by certain types of mosquitoes, but so far they haven't surfaced in Ventura County

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.

Meanwhile, County Health officials say the county is up to three confirmed, and two more probably cases of West Nile Virus. More than 300 cases of human West Nile virus have been confirmed so far this year in the state. People are being urged to protect themselves against mosquito bites to prevent being infected by West Nile.

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.