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Laboratory Symposium set for Sept. 29Laboratory Symposium set for Sept. 29
The 48th annual Laboratory Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Hygienic Laboratory in Ankeny, located on the Des Moines Area Community College campus.

Influenza outbreak identified in long-term care facilityInfluenza outbreak identified in long-term care facility
Iowa Department of Public Health announced on Aug. 7 that it had joined a county health department to investigate an outbreak of influenza A (H3) in a long-term care facility. The State Hygienic Laboratory confirmed cases associated with the outbreak and reported results to IDPH.

Teachers learn lessons as externsTeachers learn lessons as externs
Each summer, a small number of Iowa teachers are chosen to spend six weeks in a business setting to learn how the things they teach are applied. These Real World Externships match science, technology and math teachers with businesses and agencies as part of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. This year the program sponsored a cadre of 39 STEM teachers, including three who were assigned to the State Hygienic Laboratory.

Lab confirms Shigellosis in 84 cases out of 150Lab confirms Shigellosis in 84 cases out of 150
The State Hygienic Laboratory is working with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Linn County Public Health to determine the source of a large Shigellosis cluster in Linn County. Shigellosis is a gastrointestinal disease that is caused by Shigella bacteria and can be spread either person to person or by food. The role of the laboratory is to perform identification, analysis and surveillance of the cases in Iowa. As of June 19, 150 cases of Shigella were identified in Linn County. The Hygienic Laboratory has confirmed 84 cases since the outbreak began in May.