TRENTON - State health officials are reporting New Jersey's first death this year of a patient who tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The Department of Health and Senior Services said yesterday that a 76-year-old Camden County man died last month.

Officials said he was suffering from underlying medical conditions. His identity was not released.

To date, 11 New Jersey residents in seven counties have tested positive this year, including the man who died.

His is the first West Nile-related death in New Jersey since 2008, when two people died.

The virus is transmitted by a bite from a mosquito that has fed on an infected bird.

AP wire services contributed to this report.