Responding to a request from Gov. Jim Justice, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has moved a 6-person team into West Virginia to help knock down an outbreak of Hepatitis A.

Gov. Justice asked for federal help as West Virginia’s Hepatitis A count reached 975, including 513 cases in the state capital of…

West Virginia has had 98 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A so far this year, with some of them caused by the same strain of the liver virus that has sickened people across the country.

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“That’s an increase in…

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated this outbreak on Friday afternoon to a total of 119 cases of Hepatitis A from eight states. Forty-seven of these individuals have been hospitalized, but no related deaths are being reported. As of Sept. 14, CDC gives the state-by-state breakdown of the 119 total cases…

There’s good news out of West Virginia in the wake of a state delegate’s illegal distribution of raw milk in the halls of the Mountain State’s Capitol. As I mentioned in this space in late March, I was disgusted by both Delegate Scott Cadle’s public flouting of state law and the failure of West Virginia…

406x250Raw-Milk1A law permitting shared animal ownership agreements as the legal vessel for consuming raw milk has been singed into law in West Virginia by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Last year, the Democratic governor vetoed a similar bill, saying it would pose a serious health risk to public health because unpasteurized milk, aka raw milk, contains…

Bucking the headwinds of an 81-19 vote in the West Virginia House of Delegates (18-16 in the Senate) for legislation that would have allowed dairy farmers to provide raw milk through herdshare arrangements, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the bill on Thursday. Raw milk is milk that hasn’t been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria that…

PouringRawMilkMainState lawmakers in West Virginia have passed a bill allowing people to buy and sell raw milk through herd-share programs, according to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Raw milk was previously not allowed for sale in the state. Herd-share programs allow those who wish to drink raw milk to buy a membership in a club…

The last six West Virginians who became sick from drinking raw milk did it the old-fashioned way — they bought their unpasteurized beverages in Pennsylvania where it’s legal. Now the West Virginia House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resource has approved House Bill 4273 to bring the chance to buy raw milk closer to home…

WV man hospitalized; 3 more ill in MO Four more cases of Salmonella, including the first case in West Virginia, have been reported as part of a growing outbreak linked to cantaloupes from a farm in southwestern Indiana. Missouri has increased its victim count from the 9 it originally reported to 12, reported the Missouri

A botulism diagnosis usually does not come from a county sheriff and cookies are usually not  potential sources of the deadly disease.

But late Wednesday, two West Virginia television stations reported that Barbour County Sheriff JW Harkins was investigating a botulism case linked to eating a package of frosted animal crackers.

The sheriff said the …