Texas Zika case likely first locally acquiredCounty map of Texas
Texas state officials announced on Nov. 28 that a confirmed case of Zika is likely to be the first locally acquired in the state. (All Zika cases in Iowa currently are travel-related. Weekly reports about these cases and other updates are available on the IDPH website).

Timeliness project helps save babiesNBS screening timliness charts
Iowa has long been a leader in newborn screening, but a new, national initiative is boosting its efforts for babies from every county in the state.

Ice cream brands issue recalls due to ListeriaBright photo of ice cream flavors
Although testing by Blue Bell Creameries in September revealed Listeria contamination and spurred recalls by Blue Bell, three other ice cream companies and a cookie dough manufacturer, a fifth ice cream company did not announce a recall until November, saying it wasn’t notified about the problem until Nov. 10.

Iowa reports first West Nile virus death since 2010Deet products
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on Oct. 25 that an elderly person in northwest Iowa died from West Nile virus, the first death caused by the virus since 2010. Testing at the State Hygienic Laboratory confirmed 33 cases, more than double the number of cases reported last year at this time. Several more Iowa cases are under investigation.

State archaeologists and lab confirm time in a bottleA bottle with Carbolic Acid still inside
Iowa City was a rapidly developing urban center in 1910. The River to River Road – now Highway 6 – was improved, making it possible to drive from the Mississippi to the Missouri river. The CRANDIC interurban railway carried passengers between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. The University of Iowa celebrated its 63rd anniversary, and the Iowa Law School moved into the newly constructed Gilmore Hall.