Putnam Co. home to state's first West Nile case in 2010

The Ohio Department of Health has confirmed the year's first case of West Nile virus in the state in Putnam County.

A 74-year-old man, whose identity is not being released, contracted the virus and is now recovering an at area hospital.

West Nile is spread by mosquitoes who carry the virus and transmit it via bites to humans. Nearly 100 areas in Ohio, including one in a portion of Lucas County, have tested positive for the virus-carrying mosquitoes.

Health officials warn people to protect themselves by using insect repellent and making sure there is no free-standing water on your property.