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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.

Project AWARE to tackle Lower Des Moines RiverVolunteers prepare for Projecty Aware
A river expedition and environment stewardship adventure come together in the 14th annual Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition) from July 11 – 15. This year, AWARE will tackle a 53-mile section of the Lower Des Moines River from Eldon in Wapello County to Turkey Run Access in Lee County.

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.

Changes implemented in HAA5 sampling bottlePhoto of a laboratory bottles.
The State Hygienic Laboratory implemented changes in its sampling bottles for HAA5 testing to reduce shipping costs and to simplify HAA5 sample collection. The Hygienic Laboratory will continue to meet requirements of the certified testing method for HAA5.

EPA issues air quality warning in IowaA thick blanket of smoke from wildfires that originated in Canada hovers over Des Moines on May 7, and causes the EPA to issue an “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” alert.
Smoke from wildfires originating in Canada blanketed Des Moines on May 7, reducing visibility and raising concerns about pollution in much of the state.

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.