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While West Virginia continues to be free of Zika virus, the Appalachian states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Alabama and Georgia have all reported cases.

Commissioner of Public Health Rahul Gupta says the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has alerted healthcare providers, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities to be aware of and prepared for the possibility of Zika virus in West Virginia through West Virginia Health Alert Network.

The majority of people with Zika are asymptomatic. In others, symptoms are mild.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

West Virginia health officials are reporting a spike in the disease commonly known as whooping cough.

According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports 52 confirmed cases of pertussis in West Virginia so far this year. That's up from 18 cases last year and 19 cases in 2013.

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has issued a six month provisional license to the Potomac Center in Hampshire County. 

A news release says the license will allow the Center to open cottages to house eight children ages five to 21 years of age. Earlier this year 24 children were moved from the Center after allegations of physical and sexual abuse surface.

Lily’s Place, a drug rehabilitation facility for new born babies in Huntington, is still trying to open its doors to babies in need in the region.