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Salmonella outbreak extends to IowaSalmonella outbreak extends to Iowa
April 25, 2019 --- 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.

Geode State Park restoration underwayGeode State Park restoration underway
April 23, 2019 --- 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.

Cases of nightmare bacteria on the riseCases 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.

SHL confirms two Iowa cases of measlesSHL confirms two Iowa cases of measles
April 22, 2019 --- 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.

Flooding to increase water quality testingFlooding to increase water quality testing
April 12, 2019 --- 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.

Cerro Gordo names Hanft public health directorCerro Gordo names Hanft public health director
April 8, 2019 --- Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health announced on April 8 that Brian Hanft has been named its new director.

Multistate mumps outbreak sickens 151 in 30 statesMultistate 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 preparednessWorkshop 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 countiesDisaster 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-upBoone 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 avocadosListeria 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 recoveryResources 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.