Flood instructions available for private wellsA lab technician prepares water samples
Recent torrential rains in northeast Iowa have caused extensive flooding. Many private water wells have been inundated with contaminated flood water, making the well water unsafe to drink and bathe in.

Florida Zika zone triples, cases increase to 93Digitally-colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of Zika virus.
The zone of active transmission of Zika virus in Miami Beach has tripled to encompass two-thirds of the seaside city. Gov. Rick Scott announced on Sept. 16 that the Florida Department of Health expanded its area of Zika investigation from 20 blocks to a 4.5 square-mile zone covering all of South and Middle Beach.

Lab tests public water for algae toxinsBlue green algae grows on Lake Erie
In a project that serves as another check on safe drinking water, the Hygienic lab is screening water samples from public water supplies for toxins that could be produced from harmful algal blooms.

7 times health preparedness proved criticalA lab technician prepares water samples
Iowa is part of the nation’s public health system that responds to emergencies such as natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks, bioterrorism attacks and more both domestically and globally.