Discontinuation of Rubella IgG, Rubella IgM and Measles IgM Testingrubella virus
SHL will discontinue Rubella IgG, Rubella IgM and Measles IgM testing effective December 31, 2018. Because rubella and measles are rare diseases in the US, the majority of IgM positive tests will likely be false positives.

Thank you, Peter MaPeter Ma
Peter Ma, a SHL laboratory technician, passed away on Sept. 16 at the age of 63 in his Iowa City home following an extended illness. Ma served the state of Iowa and SHL for more than 23 years as a staff member in the Environmental Health Division.

SHL issues guidance for flu surveillance testing
The State Hygienic Laboratory this month issued guidance for influenza surveillance testing during the 2018-2019 flu season. This guidance helps clinical laboratories collect and send specimens to SHL for molecular testing.

Science and art meet in Petrie dishes
Students and scientists from around the world used agar and live microbes in Petri dishes as the medium to create unique works of art for the American Society for Microbiology Agar Art contest. The organization announced winners of its 2018 contest on May 23. Agar is commonly used by microbiologists to test for the presence of bacteria. From 156 entries, 10 winners were chosen, including those highlighted in the Lab Link Photo Feature. Photos courtesy of American Society of Microbiology

Is well water safe to drink?Is well water safe to drink?
It's easy to test well water for contamination. Just follow these steps to collect a sample and send it to the State Hygienic Laboratory for testing.