The state wants Californians to have more information about the mosquito-borne West Nile virus.

There have been 11 human cases of West Nile virus — but no fatalities — in California this year.

The virus is expected to become a very serious health threat in the state as mosquito season heats up this summer, says Deborah Bass, Mosquito and Vector Control public relations committee chair.

Last year the virus killed 264 people and sickened nearly ten thousand others in the U.S., she said.

The Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California launched a statewide public service announcement campaign last week featuring actress Lindsey Wagner — television’s “Bionic Woman.”

In TV and radio announcements, Wagner urges Californians to “fight the bite” and West Nile virus by dumping standing water so mosquitoes can’t breed and spread the disease.

“Our local mosquito control agencies are hard at work protecting public health, but the proposed state budget cuts our funding by 25 percent this year and next,” Bass said.

“Like never before, we need residents to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and contact their mosquito district when they have mosquito problems or questions,” said Bass.

Information, (877) 968-2473.

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