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A health department says an employee at a restaurant in West Virginia has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

A Kanawha-Charleston Health Department news release says an O'Charley's employee was diagnosed with hepatitis A. The health department says this is the third Kanawha County hepatitis A investigation involving a restaurant since a number of cases began to arise in February.

West Virginia's Bureau for Public Health has officially suspended the certification of a harm reduction program following concerns over its needle exchange component.

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An audit requested by a West Virginia mayor who said a needle exchange program had caused an increase of dirty needles in public places has recommended the suspension of the program's certification.

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A health department spokesman in West Virginia says more than 20 cases of acute Hepatitis A have been confirmed in Kanawha and Putnam counties since January.

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department says in a news release that the recent cases are linked to a multistate outbreak.


Dr. Michael Brumage resigned today as director of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Office of Drug Control Policy after less than two months on the job.

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Local outcry has scuttled plans to bring a needle exchange program to a West Virginia town.

News outlets report that Kanawha County Communities That Care spokesman Scott Burton said at a Monday night public meeting in Rand that communities that don't want the harm reduction program won't get it.

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The West Virginia Division of Personnel is trying out Saturday test dates for state government jobs.

The agency said in a news release it will offer tests on the third Saturday of each month in Charleston on a trial basis. If it's successful, the release said more Saturdays may be added.

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As the state looks for ways to deal with the effects of the opioid epidemic, one type of program has seen a steady increase in use during the past year in West Virginia’s two biggest cities. Needle exchanges in Charleston and Huntington are providing services to more addicts each week, but are struggling to find the money needed to expand.

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During the heavy rains earlier this summer, sewers systems overflowed and even broke, pastures flooded and rivers breached their banks. All this water mingled into a contaminated soup of surface water, sewage and chemicals. As one public health expert put it – anything that was on the road during the flood had the possibility of getting in the water.

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The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department has received a new tool to help combat drug overdose deaths.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Dr. Michael Brumage, health officer for the health department, said Thursday that Kaleo Pharma donated 200 naloxone auto-injector kits to the Kanawha health department to distribute.

Huntington Shows Need for Needle Exchange

Dec 21, 2015
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As needle exchanges just get going around the state, Huntington’s program has been up and running for three months.

Last week, a college-age woman sat in the reception area at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department waiting to exchange used hypodermic needles for clean ones.  

"I think it’s really great actually, it’s helped a lot of people, it’s helped people stay away from diseases you know what I mean and I just think it’s really great. They offer a lot of things here that help a lot of people, myself included." 

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Charleston City Council has taken a step toward establishing a needle exchange program.

Council members approved an ordinance on Monday decriminalizing possession of hypodermic syringes and needles. The ordinance also allows distribution of needles and syringes that are part of a needle exchange program, so long as such a program is approved or sponsored by the city's police chief.

Are W. Va. Hospitals Prepared for Ebola?

Oct 16, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, the health officer of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department joins Beth Vorhees to talk about hospital preparations to handle contagious diseases.  And part 2 of Roxy Todd’s report about a special heirloom cornmeal that one chef uses for his Italian polenta.  A report from the kitchen.

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Georgetown University and Harvard University researchers are in Charleston discussing the response to a January chemical spill into the state's largest public water supply.

The research team met with state and local officials and community stakeholders Wednesday at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. Researchers say their study results will be released at a later date.

The group's research focuses on learning from past incidents in public health emergency preparedness.