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Mosquito activity on the rise this summer

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As the temperature climbs and mosquito activity increases, local health departments are reminding residents to take precautions against catching West Nile virus, as the California Department of Public Health reported the first death from West Nile Virus for the season.

The death was reported in San Luis Obispo County. 

“West Nile virus activity in the state is increasing, so I urge Californians to take every possible precaution to protect against mosquito bites,” said Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Public Health Officer.

As of July 9, WNV has been detected in 45 dead birds from 6 counties and 177 mosquito samples from 13 counties. Hot temperatures this month are contributing to increasing numbers of mosquitoes and the increased risk of virus transmission to humans. So far this season, activity is within expected levels. The risk of disease due to WNV usually increases at this time of year and is highest throughout the summer and early fall.

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Safest city in Stanislaus? Newman by a far sight, new crime report says.

in Local Roundup

Newman not only is the safest city in Stanislaus County, it’s among the 20 safest in all the state, according to a new report.

Security Baron, a consumer-focused website dealing in matters of home security, property security, cybersecurity and more, used FBI crime-reporting data from 2016-17 to rank 300 California cities. It considered rates for homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft, vehicle theft and arson. It also factored in the number of police officers per 1,000 people.

The report includes 300 cities, and Newman is the only one in Stanislaus County to be in even the top 150. Oakdale ranks 151st, Ceres 241st, Turlock 242nd, and Modesto 277th.

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