Official state muffins exist in Minnesota (blueberry), Massachusetts (corn) and New York (apple -- as in the Big Apple?), and official state nuts are designated in Alabama (pecan) and Oregon (hazelnut).
Speaking of Oregon, the state of my birth last week designated what I presumed to be the nation's most obscure official state item -- the microbe. Saccharomyces cerevsiae, better known as ale yeast, is now the official microbe of the state supporting the nation's highest per capita number of craft breweries.
It turns out that Wisconsin had the germ for that idea first, designating the lactococcus lactis bacterium, used in cheese-making, that state's official microbe a year before Oregon took the plunge into the Petri dish.
If West Virginia gets around to designating its own official state bacterium, may I suggest methanobrevibacter smithii, better known in recent years as the "obesity microbe." It eats the hydrogen produced by other gut-dwelling microorganisms, allowing the body to absorb more calories from food.
But a more familiar choice may be the bacterium listeria, which finds a home in poorly cooked hot dogs. In a state with an abundance of gas station hot dog racks, this microbe could be a shoo-in.
But I make no official endorsement.
It's just a germ of an idea.