IDPH says influenza now widespread in Iowa
The influenza virus is now “widespread,” the highest level of occurrence, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Testing for the virus at Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network sites increased nearly 60 percent in Iowa for the week ending Dec. 27, 2014.
Syphilis and legionella tests discontinuing Feb. 1
The State Hygienic Lab will be discontinuing the confirmatory syphilis Fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption test (FTA-ABS) and the Legionella Antibody (Total) serology test effective Feb. 1, 2015.
Updated Guidance for the 2014-2015 Influenza Season
The Iowa Department of Public Health considers influenza activity in Iowa to be “widespread”.
Hygienic Lab part of a state Ebola response team
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on Dec. 15 that it is collaborating with the Iowa State Hygienic Lab, three EMS providers and three Iowa hospitals for testing, screening or treatment of an Ebola patient, if required. Iowa does not have any cases of Ebola, nor has it had any cases of Ebola in the past.
The State Hygienic Laboratory of Iowa (SHL) has been certified to perform the Department of Defense Emergency Use Authorization RT-PCR assay for Ebola virus (EV). Testing for EV will only be considered in a person who has both consistent clinical symptoms and risk factors as follows: