Federal government tests of a drug that might counter the West Nile Virus are starting soon. Alpha Interferon is used to treat Hepatitis-C. Resarchers want to see if it’s effective against West Nile. The State Health Department’s Skip McKnelly says treatment is needed because the West Nile Virus won’t go away. The Food and Drug Administration will run the tests on 40 people who already are hospitalizedbecause of the virus.