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.


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.