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'If you have it in your kitchen, throw it away': Iowa officials warn against using Ozark Country Sorghum
Q&A with Iowa lab’s safety officer, Drew Fayram: How the CDC/APHL biosafety and biosecurity program created a culture of safety
Cases of nightmare bacteria on the rise
April 23, 2019 --- Invasive infections by a multidrug-resistant organism known as Candida auris (C. auris) are on the rise worldwide, causing severe illnesses and sometimes death in patients in health care facilities and long-term care centers.
Multistate mumps outbreak sickens 151 in 30 states
March 26, 2019 --- A multistate outbreak of mumps sickened 151 people in 30 states between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, 2019, including three in Iowa, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Workshop helps clinicians practice preparedness
March 26, 2019 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory will present a course for Iowa clinical laboratory staff as a refresher on how to detect highly infectious agents that may be used in bioterrorism events.
Disaster proclamation increases to 56 counties
March 26, 2019 --- More than half of Iowa counties are under disaster proclamation due to flooding in the Midwest that began in mid-March, causing Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin to declare states of emergency.
Boone River site of Project AWARE river clean-up
March 25, 2019 --- Hundreds of volunteers are expected to gather in north central Iowa this summer to clean and beautify a 61-mile stretch of the Boone River as part of Iowa Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition).
Listeria concerns prompt recall of avocados
March 23, 2019 --- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on March 23 that Henry Avocado Corporation is recalling California-grown whole avocados sold in bulk at retail stores because of potential for contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
Resources help guide private well flood recovery
March 22, 2019 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources help guide flood recovery and routine well operation for people who receive their drinking water from private wells.
Governor expands disaster proclamation to 41 counties
March 20, 2019 --- Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation on March 19 in response to flooding and flash flooding beginning March 13 and continuing.
See Science on Tap at Hancher
Feb. 28, 2019 --- Television shows like “CSI” and “Silent Witness” sometimes create an exaggerated, rapid-fire perception of laboratory science. In reality, identifying the source of harmful exposure involves a network of specialists, advanced analytic methodology and time. It is critical that lab scientists and epidemiologists accurately characterize the source of exposure to reduce the prevalence of acute and chronic illnesses.
Iowa investigates 12 norovirus outbreaks
Feb. 21, 2019 --- Chances are that you or someone you care for may have had norovirus. Each year, more than 19 million people in the U.S. do. Norovirus is highly contagious and the bacteria can live on surfaces for days or weeks. It is the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis with vomiting, diarrhea and, possibly, dehydration. It is very common, particularly in the winter months when people tend to be indoors where illnesses are spread easily.
Legionella cases on the rise
Feb. 21, 2019 --- Iowa, like much of the U.S., is seeing a steady increase in reported cases of legionellosis, a serious type of pneumonia, commonly known as Legionnaires’ disease. In 2018, 63 confirmed cases of legionellosis were reported in Iowa, up from 35 cases in 2017.