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SHL looks back at top stories of 2018SHL looks back at top stories of 2018
Jan. 29, 2019 --- Lab Link takes a look at a few environmental and public health stories from 2018 that illustrate the importance of the public health laboratory system.

WHO identifies 10 global health threatsWHO identifies 10 global health threats
Jan. 29, 2019 --- The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria to drug-resistant pathogens, expanding health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change, and multiple humanitarian crises.

Cases of Salmonella increase in multistate outbreakases of Salmonella increase in multistate outbreak
Dec. 13, 2018 --- Federal health officials recently announced a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of confirmed Salmonella cases linked to ground beef and other raw beef products.

Position statements address public health threatsPosition statements address public health threats
Dec. 7, 2018 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory has published position statements to inform stakeholders and the public about potential health threats that may affect the well-being of Iowans.

Big Ten Network features Project AWAREBig Ten Network features Project AWARE
Dec. 7, 2018 --- When viewers tune in to the Big Ten Network, they may spot several SHL limnologists in a short video about Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition).

New video highlights SHLNew SHL Video
Nov. 21, 2018 --- More than 178 SHL staff, fellows and college students are represented in a new video that gives viewers insight to the SHL and the work of a state public health laboratory.

Hanft to Serve as Public Health AmbassadorBrian Hanft
Oct. 31, 2018 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory announced on Oct. 17 that Brian Hanft, of the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, will serve as its 10th Public Health Ambassador.

Officials identify potential cases of rare conditionAFM
Oct. 31, 2018 --- The Iowa Department of Public Health reported on Oct. 18 that a second possible case of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) was identified in Iowa. AFM is a rare neurologic condition that causes weakness in the arms and legs, loss of reflexes and, potentially, paralysis.

Investigators link 6.9 million pounds of beef to outbreakRaw Ground Beef
Oct. 31, 2018 --- More than 6.9 million pounds of raw beef products have been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Newport that sickened 120 people in 22 states, including one case in Iowa, according to an Oct. 23 CDC announcement. An Arizona-based meat processor recalled the products on Oct. 4.

West Nile virus cases highest since 2003West Nile Virus
Oct. 31, 2018 --- The number of West Nile virus (WNV) cases soared this year to 95 as of Oct. 26, the second highest since 2003 when 147 human cases were reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Included in the count of 2018 cases are five Iowa deaths, according to the CDC. The average numbers of cases and deaths in Iowa for the past three years (2015-2017) was 21 cases and one death.

SHL issues guidance for flu surveillance testing
Sept. 28, 2018 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory this month issued guidance for influenza surveillance testing during the 2018-2019 flu season. This guidance helps clinical laboratories collect and send specimens to SHL for molecular testing.