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Flood instructions available for private wells
Recent torrential rains in northeast Iowa have caused extensive flooding. Many private water wells have been inundated with contaminated flood water, making the well water unsafe to drink and bathe in.

Miami Beach Zika zone triples, Florida cases increase to 93Digitally-colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of Zika virus.
The zone of active transmission of Zika virus in Miami Beach has tripled to encompass two-thirds of the seaside city. Gov. Rick Scott announced on Sept. 16 that the Florida Department of Health expanded its area of Zika investigation from 20 blocks to a 4.5 square-mile zone covering all of South and Middle Beach.

Lab tests public water for blue-green algae toxinsBlue green algae grows on Lake Erie
In a new project that serves as another check to ensure Iowans have safe drinking water, the State Hygienic Laboratory is screening water samples from public water supplies for toxins that could be produced from harmful algal blooms.

Seven times public health preparedness proved critical
Iowa is part of the nation’s public health system that responds to emergencies such as natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks, bioterrorism attacks and more both domestically and globally. There’s no way to know what the next threat will be or when it will strike. To quickly and effectively respond to these threats, the public health system – including public health laboratories – must be prepared.

New Florida Zika cases prompt travel warningsMicrograph of the Zika virus.
The Florida Department of Health has identified two areas of Miami-Dade County where Zika is being spread by mosquitoes. CDC reported on Aug. 19 that – in addition to the previously identified area in the Wynwood neighborhood – there is now a mosquito-borne spread of Zika virus in a 20-block section of Miami Beach.

Lab detects first human cases of West Nile virus in 2016
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Aug. 17 that testing at the State Hygienic Laboratory has confirmed the first human cases of West Nile virus disease in Iowa in 2016. A female child and an adult male, both of Sioux County, were hospitalized due to the virus, and were recovering as of the day of the announcement.