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Computer Virus Affects Hospitals' in KY and W.Va.


  Federal authorities are investigating after a computer virus infected all electronic services of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare system in Kentucky and West Virginia.

ARH spokeswoman Melissa Cornett said in a statement Saturday that the system is dealing with technical complications.

She said the ARH system of hospitals in Kentucky and West Virginia are operating under the Emergency Operations Plan because of a computer virus “that has limited our use of electronic web-based services and electronic communications.”

All ARH computers have been shut down to prevent the virus from spreading. It’s unclear where the virus came from.

On Sunday, Cornett said that federal authorities were investigating the situation.

All patient-care, registration, medication, imaging and laboratory services are being managed manually. Critical patients may be transferred to another facility.