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H5N2 identified in Iowa poultry flocksH5N2 identified in Iowa poultry flocks
A high pathogenic strain of avian influenza (H5N2) has been identified in poultry flocks primarily in northwest Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health, in collaboration with local public health partners, is following up with workers who had direct contact with infected birds to confirm that they stay well.

New Updates to Rabies Testing at SHLNew Updates to Rabies Testing at SHL
The State Hygienic Laboratory has recently updated all rabies testing information and specimen submission forms. Please follow the links below to view the newly updated rabies forms:

Updates to testing fees effective July 2015Updates to testing fees effective July 2015
A three percent (3%) increase in clinical and environmental testing fees will go into effect July 1. This does not apply to maternal or newborn screening test fees, or to select contract agreements. New prices will be posted to the Clinical Test Menu prior to the price change on July 1.

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.