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STANISLAUS COUNTY GIRL HAS WEST NILE, 3RD CASE IN STATE: MODESTO  (AP) — A 6-year-old California girl has the West Nile virus, the third confirmed case in the state this year.

The Modesto Bee says the Stanislaus County girl became ill on July 6. She had weakness on the right side of her body and she lost the ability to walk and has difficulty speaking.

County health officer Dr. John Walker says the girl is showing signs of improvement.

Her name and hometown are being withheld.

The virus that causes West Nile illness is transmitted to people and animals through mosquito bites.

The first confirmed human case of West Nile in California this year was a 70-year-old Kern County woman. She was hospitalized in June and is recovering.

The second case was a 59-year-old Clovis man, who was hospitalized and released.

MOM CHARGED IN DAUGHTER'S DEATH PLEADS NOT GUILTY: MODESTO  (AP) — A Central Valley mother charged in the killing of her young daughter remains behind bars after making her first court appearance.

Officials say Brandy Lee Rose Devine, who was arrested Monday in connection with the death of her 2-year-old daughter, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder, child abuse and possession of methamphetamine.

Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager says Devine was ordered to return to court Sept. 7 for a pretrial hearing. Her bail was set at $1 million.

The 25-year-old Devine was arrested after police were called to her home in Turlock around 12:30 p.m. Monday and found the little girl dead. Police say three other young children who were in the home at the time— a 4-year-old girl, a 6-year-old girl and an infant boy — have been placed in the care of child protective services.