Team brings biosafety to Kirkwood studentsTeam brings biosafety to Kirkwood students
Two SHL microbiologists teamed to develop and teach a course that aims to help students work safely in a clinical laboratory and gives them a head start when they enter the workforce.

Cerro Gordo names Hanft public health directorCerro Gordo names Hanft public health director
Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health announced on April 8 that Brian Hanft has been named its new director.

Geode State Park restoration underwayGeode State Park restoration underway
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will start the next phase of restoration work at Geode State Park in Danville. The project began in January 2018 to improve water quality at Lake Geode and enhance accessibility and recreational opportunities in the park.

Salmonella outbreak extends to IowaSalmonella outbreak extends to Iowa
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on April 24 that the number of cases of Salmonella Carrau linked to pre-cut fresh fruit has spiked to 117 in 10 states, including Iowa.

Flooding to increase water quality testingFlooding to increase water quality testing
As Iowans in the western part of the state brace for additional flooding predicted by the National Weather Service, the State Hygienic Laboratory is working around the clock to test for contaminants in drinking water from private wells.

Measles UpdateMeasles Update
The State Hygienic Laboratory performs measles testing at the request of the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Providers should contact the IDPH Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology at 800-362-2736. PCR is the preferred method for viral detection of measles.

SHL confirms two Iowa cases of measlesSHL confirms two Iowa cases of measles
Two cases of measles in northeast Iowa have been confirmed by testing at SHL within one week. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on April 15 that an unvaccinated patient was infected by measles. The person had recently returned from Israel where a measles outbreak is occurring.