Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Central Coast health officials "heightening county surveillance" for measles By Tyler Pratt • May 1, 2019 CDC Listen Listening... / 1:19 Following a measles quarantine of hundreds of students at Los Angeles universities, Central Coast health officials are on high alert, they say. Since January, over 700 cases of measles have been reported in 22 states. Santa Barbara County Public Health: 'Zika is the new sexually transmitted disease' By KCBX Newsroom • Aug 25, 2016 CDC - James Gathany Listen Listening... / 4:20 In early August, Monterey County announced its first travel-related case of Zika Virus, marking a first for the Central Coast. A few weeks later and Santa Barbara County announced a resident there has also tested positive. With more Zika virus information, local health officials change efforts By KCBX Newsroom • Feb 19, 2016 CDC - James Gathany The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is working to inform the public and health physicians about how to prevent the spread of Zika virus.