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State of Health June Show Focuses on Zika Virus, HIV, and Immunizations



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It’s that time of year to hit the road and enjoy the great outdoors, but before you do, you may want to tune in to the June episode of DHHR’s “The State of Health.”

The show’s host, DHHR Cabinet Secretary Karen Bowling, takes a look at the threat of the Zika virus in West Virginia. Dr. Rahul Gupta, Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health and State Health Officer, talks about what people need to know about the disease and those summer mosquitos.

The episode also looks at the HIV problem in the state, where June 27 is designated as HIV Testing Day. Every 9 ½ minutes, someone in the United States is infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The show profiles how DHHR’s disease intervention specialists are tackling the problem. Charleston Area Medical Center’s director of the Ryan White Program, Christine Teague, talks about help available for those infected with HIV.

Required vaccinations adolescents need for school also is a topic. The show features an interview with pediatrician Dr. Cortney Evans and explores why June is the best time for parents to check their children’s immunization records.

The “State of Health” airs on the West Virginia Library Television Network Fridays and Saturdays. Check your local cable listings.

You can catch the June show now on DHHR’s YouTube channel at and on the Library Television Network’s website at

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