COLUMBUS: Ohio health officials are confirming the first human case of West Nile virus in the state this year.
The state Department of Health says the virus was confirmed Friday in an 85-year-old man at a hospital in Clermont County, near Cincinnati.
The agency says they are seeing a large increase in mosquitoes carrying the virus in pockets of the state. More than 370 mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus so far this year, a jump from under 60 around this time last year.
Officials say the early increase is similar to activity in 2002, when there were almost 300 positive mosquito pools by the end of July.
Ohio has recorded human cases of the virus each year since 2002. There were 21 cases last year.