First case of Zika female-to-male transmission reportedWorld map of the spread of Zika virus.
The first documented case of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus was confirmed in a women who returned to New York after travelling to an area with ongoing Zika virus transmission, the CDC reported on July 15. All previous documented cases of sexual transmission have been spread by men to their partners.

IDPH is first step in Zika testingPhoto of mosquito
Healthcare providers suspecting a potential case of Zika virus should first contact the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology at 800-362-2736. CADE staff will consult with the provider to determine whether the case meets the CDC testing criteria.

Iowa screens for rare condition in North Dakota
July 1 marked a big day for babies in North Dakota. The state newborn screening program expanded their newborn screening panel to include a disorder called Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, or SCID -- sometimes known as "bubble boy syndrome."

Crypto expertise put to work for TexasBrazos river in Texas.
Municipal water from Sugar Land, Texas, is being tested for Cryptosporidium (crypto) by the Hygienic Laboratory as part of a contract that ends October 2017.

Three externs carry on tradition
Three Iowa teachers who specialize in science and its application will spend part of this summer as externs at the Hygienic Laboratory. Externs are secondary school teachers who specialize in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

CIDT reporting changes madeAgar plates of bacterial cultures.
The reporting of enteric pathogens from culture-independent diagnostic test (CIDT) has changed. Organism specific culture tests have been created in OpenELIS (SHL LIMS) to reduce culture materials and streamline the culture process for positive CIDT cultures.

Zika testing begins in the Hygienic LabImage of a mosquito
On Dec. 28, The New York Times first reported an outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil and its seeming connection to microcephaly in babies. The Centers for Disease Control began issuing warnings shortly thereafter, and, as of May 25, reported 591 travel-related cases in the United States. No locally acquired vector-borne cases have been reported in the U.S.