Copperhead Snake Bit Worker on West Virginia Capitol Campus 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say a copperhead snake bit a worker at the state Capitol complex.

A memo to state workers says it happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday as a temporary employee was exiting a fire escape door near Building 7, which connects two larger buildings.

Division of Highways spokeswoman Carrie Jones says the employee was treated and released, and the snake is dead.

She says the memo was sent Thursday to employees in the adjacent Building 5, where the highway division offices are housed.

The memo says officials have been made aware of a couple of snake sightings, including in the parking lot. It advised people who encounter snakes to contact the state Division of Protective Service.

This version corrects the second reference to spokeswoman Carrie Jones.

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