State Hygienic Laboratory launches biosecurity course
A new course designed to help clinical laboratories improve their knowledge of biosecurity practices is now available on the Training-Source.org website. “Biosecurity for Clinical Laboratories” was developed by the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa in collaboration with the Association of Public Health Laboratories.
Chicken salad implicated in five-state Salmonella outbreak
The investigation of Salmonella in chicken salad sold in Fareway stores has expanded and now includes five states. The USDA and its Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued an alert on Feb. 14 saying that chicken salad implicated in the outbreak was sold at all Fareway stores in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Panera recalls cream cheese due to possible Listeria
Panera Bread issued a nationwide recall on Jan. 29 of all its 2 oz. and 8 oz. tubs of cream cheese that were sold in its U.S. locations because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
Flu-related deaths nearly triple of last season
Influenza activity continues to increase in Iowa, and is widespread for the third week in a row, Iowa Department of Public Health reported on Jan. 19. Levels of influenza activity in the state are close to, or have surpassed last year’s peak.
Officials confirm measles in Midwest and South
Four cases of measles recently have been confirmed in the Midwest and Arkansas. Health officials in Illinois announced unrelated cases of measles were confirmed in two passengers who arrived in Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Jan. 9 and Jan. 10.