Ind. reports first death in 2010 from West Nile

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - State health officials say a northeastern Indiana resident has become the state's first death this year from the West Nile virus.

The state Department of Health said Friday it would release no additional information about the death in Adams County.

The agency said there have been 11 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Indiana in 2010, including the Adams County death. More than 20 Indiana residents have died of West Nile virus since the state's first human case was reported in 2002.

The virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes that have bitten an infected bird. Although colder weather has arrived, state veterinary epidemiologist Jennifer House says mosquitoes can still be active in some parts of the state if warm conditions return.