CDC announces interim Zika guidanceA clinical lab analyst warms a frozen reagent known as a “normal control” before it is used in the Zika testing process.
The CDC announced on July 26 updated interim guidance for U.S. health care providers caring for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure. The interim guidance was issued because of declining prevalence of Zika virus disease in the Americas and emerging evidence indicating prolonged detection of Zika virus immunoglobulin M (IgM) antibodies.

Meteor from 74 million years ago still affects Iowa waterManson crater
A meteorite that struck the earth 74 million years ago still has an effect on Iowa's water supply. The State Hygienic Laboratory was one of several agencies called to respond to a well water incident in May in Calhoun County.

Mandernach to serve as Public Health AmbassadorSteve Mandernach
The State Hygienic Laboratory is pleased to announce that Steve Mandernach will serve as the laboratory’s ninth Public Health Ambassador. Introduction ceremonies will be held at the lab’s Coralville site on Aug. 8 beginning at 3 p.m. “Mr. Mandernach has worked with the SHL for several years to detect and confirm sources of food-borne illnesses,” said Christopher Atchison, State Hygienic Laboratory director. “During his Ambassador year, he plans to help us develop new approaches to training to assure Iowans of food safety.”

Atchison appointed to State Board of HealthState Hygienic Laboratory Director Christopher Atchison
State Hygienic Laboratory Director Christopher Atchison has been appointed to the Iowa State Board of Health, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on June 30. “I am honored by the selection and look forward to serving on the State Board of Health,” Atchison said. “This is a critical time for public health as we anticipate changes at the state and national level.”

Clinical test menu streamlines processPrint view of test menu detail
Visitors to the Hygienic Laboratory website will find an updated Clinical Test Menu that provides details and instructions for more than 100 clinical tests. The new menu was rolled out on July 1, and includes instructions about specimen collection, testing turnaround time, costs, processing codes and other details necessary to ensure accuracy and specimen integrity.