Take simple steps for preparedness
The State Hygienic Laboratory, and other state and national agencies are recognizing September as National Preparedness Month to highlight how easy it is to be prepared.

Officials issue advisory for Sorghum
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Johnson County Public Health Department, and the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) on Sept. 4 issued a consumer advisory for sorghum made by Pure Missouri Ozark Country Sorghum in Dunnegan, Mo.

Inspired work removes tons of trash from river
Iowa Project AWARE is not for the faint of heart. It’s usually hot. Folks get muddy. Lifting parts of appliances, tires and other trash weighed down by water and mud tests muscles and patience.

Teachers association honors Project AWARE
The Iowa Science Teachers Section (ISTS) of the Iowa Academy of Science announced on Aug. 8 that it selected Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition) as a recipient of its prestigious Friend of Science Award.

West Nile virus cases nearly double in peak season
The number of West Nile virus cases in Iowa has nearly doubled from nine as of Aug. 21 to 17 on Aug. 27. One of those cases resulted in the death of an elderly man in central Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Case counts rise in foodborne outbreaksFoodborne disease pyramid
The number of cases of intestinal illnesses caused by two foodborne outbreaks identified in July continue to climb in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on Aug. 23 that, although the number has slowed, there have been newly identified cases of Cyclospora and Salmonella reported in Iowa.

Symposium to focus on water testing and treatmentwater droplet
On Sept. 27, the State Hygienic Laboratory will present the 2018 Laboratory Symposium at its Coralville headquarters on the University of Iowa Research Park Campus. For more than 50 years, SHL has hosted the symposium for laboratory personnel across the state who test and monitor drinking water and wastewater for municipal water systems, commercial labs and industries.

Is well water safe to drink?Is well water safe to drink?
It's easy to test well water for contamination. Just follow these steps to collect a sample and send it to the State Hygienic Laboratory for testing.