HAMILTON - A man from Mercer County is the first person to test positive for West Nile virus this summer.

According to the Department of Health and Senior Services, the 50-year-old from Hamilton Township did not need to be hospitalized, and is recovering at home.

The man reported feeling joint pain, numbness in his hands, fatigue and a fever last month. Last year, 30 cases of West Nile virus, including two deaths, were reported to the Department.

"West Nile virus is seen most often during New Jersey's mosquito season in late summer and early fall," said Acting Commissioner Dr. Tina Tan in a news release yesterday. "The Department urges everyone to take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites by applying insect repellant wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when possible."