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Registration opens for Governor's ConferenceRegistration opens for Governor's Conference
Registration is open for the 2015 Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health to be held April 14 -15 in downtown Cedar Rapids. The Iowa Public Health Association and the Iowa Environmental Health Association are cosponsoring the event entitled “Public Health is on the Move.” The Hygienic Laboratory is one of many organizations sponsoring the conference.

Test requests and results have new lookTest requests and results have new look
The Disease Control Division at the State Hygienic Laboratory is moving to a new laboratory information management system (OpenELIS) on Sunday, March 1. The new system will affect how clinical specimens (except for neonatal screening, maternal screening and rabies) are reported, billed, and accessed through the web.

Measles Testing GuidanceMeasles Testing Guidance
There are currently NO confirmed or suspected cases of measles in Iowa; however, measles cases are occurring in Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois and South Dakota, as well as the West Coast.

Syphilis and legionella tests discontinuing Feb. 1Syphilis and legionella tests discontinuing Feb. 1
The State Hygienic Lab will be discontinuing the confirmatory syphilis Fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption test (FTA-ABS) and the Legionella Antibody (Total) serology test effective Feb. 1, 2015.