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.

Florida Zika zone triples, 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.

7 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.