New Florida Zika cases prompt travel warnings
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.
Consumer advisory issued for Big G’s potato salads
The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) jointly issued a consumer advisory on July 25 for potato salads made in and sold by Big G Food Store in Marengo, Iowa. Big G’s “Zesty Potato Salad” and “Traditional Potato Salad” have been implicated in several cases of foodborne illness reported in Iowa County. Presumptive test results from the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa indicate the presence of Salmonella in these products.
Researcher to be next Public Health Ambassador
A University of Iowa researcher who specializes in understanding genetic and metabolic predicators of preterm birth will be the 2016 – 2017 State Hygienic Laboratory Environmental and Public Health Ambassador. Kelli Ryckman, associate professor of Epidemiology and Pediatrics, will serve in the honorary position to help raise awareness of the public health laboratory system and its role in assuring the health of Iowans.