Summers County Tackles Serious Issues with the Help of WVU School of Public Health
WVNSTV.com reported that Dr. David Parker, associate professor of epidemiology at West Virginia University’s (WVU) School of Public Health, visited Hinton, West Va., on June 6 to meet with community leaders, clinics, and the local hospital in efforts to examine underlying problems with drugs and infectious diseases in the area. He commented that West Virginia ranks highest in the nation for the hepatitis B virus, and Summers County ranks in the top three counties within the state for the highest number of viral hepatitis cases. Parker said that WVU’s School of Public Health is looking specifically at hepatitis, drug use, and drug overdoses, and he is working with the state’s Bureau of Public Health to apply for CDC grants that will provide training to local physicians in how to treat viral hepatitis. Another grant in the works for Summers County will look at risk factors related to drug use in the county.
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