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WVC 16 - 25 - 1 §16-25-1. Legislative findings.
The Legislature finds that tuberculosis, diabetes and the condition of high blood pressure are diseases which are latent in nature and have symptoms and effects which are not easily recognizable by the members of the public, while at the same time these diseases and conditions are very serious and often fatal if not diagnosed and treated in their early stages. The Legislature also finds that if mobile laboratory testing were to be made readily available to the public, the hazards created by such diseases to the health of those suffering therefrom may be lessened or prevented by early detection or treatment. The legislative purpose of this article is to provide for adequate testing facilities for the detection of such diseases.

WVC 16 - 25 - 2 §16-25-2. Program for early detection of tuberculosis; mobile X- ray facilities used in select areas of the state.
The state department of health may establish and implement a program designed to detect tuberculosis in its early stages in members of the public and may promulgate reasonable rules and regulations necessary to carry out such a program. The department of health is to establish and maintain mobile X-ray facilities for use in detection of tuberculosis to be used in select areas in the state where the director finds that tuberculosis is most likely to be present. Such select areas shall be determined by the director at his discretion.

WVC 16 - 25 - 3 §16-25-3. Reporting cases of tuberculosis; penalty for noncompliance.
Any physician, nurse, physician's assistant or any other person who detects or diagnoses a case of tuberculosis shall report within seventy-two hours excluding Sundays and holidays such to the state department of health. Any such person reporting such case shall also obtain from the person afflicted with tuberculosis, the name, age, present street address and the name and address of such person's nearest living relative.

Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than twenty dollars nor more than one hundred dollars.

WVC 16 - 25 - 4 §16-25-4. Program for detection of high blood pressure and diabetes; mobile testing facilities.
The state director of health is hereby authorized to establish and implement programs for early detection of diseases as the director may determine, including, but not limited to, high blood pressure, diabetes, and if possible, water testing. The board of health may promulgate reasonable rules and regulations necessary to carry out such programs. To this end, the director is hereby authorized to convert and utilize any mobile testing facilities presently within the department of health for such programs and in such areas of this state as the director may determine. The director may establish and maintain adequate testing facilities for the detection of such diseases in state hygienic laboratories and water testing facilities as the director finds is necessary to carry out the legislative purpose as is defined in section one of this article.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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