WVC 19 - 9 - 15
§19-9-15. Establishment of general quarantine.
A general quarantine may be established and maintained
whenever any communicable disease of domestic animals shall exist
in any locality in the state larger in extent than that which may
be included in a special quarantine. A general quarantine shall
be established and maintained by order of the commissioner only;
but in establishing and maintaining such quarantine the
commissioner may act through and by an officer or agent employed
by him, to whom such power is delegated, and the establishment
and maintenance of such quarantine by any officer, agent or
employee of the commissioner shall be prima facie the
establishment and maintenance of quarantine by the commissioner.
Such quarantine shall include such premises, locality or
territorial district, and such animals, and shall continue for
such time, as may be deemed necessary by the commissioner.
Whenever any premises or any locality or territorial district
shall be placed under a general quarantine, it shall be the duty
of the officer, agent or employee by whom the order of quarantine
is executed, to post at least ten notices in the most public
places within the premises, locality or territorial district
quarantined, declaring the quarantine and the duration thereof,
the extent and limits of the premises, locality, or territorial
district so quarantined, and the animals subject thereto. A copy
of such notice shall be published as a Class I legal
advertisement in compliance with the provisions of article three,
chapter fifty-nine of this code, and the publication area for
such publication shall be the quarantined area. If the quarantine shall be for the purpose of preventing the spread of
rabies or hydrophobia, and in the case of other communicable
diseases, if the commissioner deems such action necessary, the
notice shall require all dogs within the quarantined area to be
confined by their owners.