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2019 Laboratory Symposium2019 Laboratory Symposium
June 28, 2019 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory will hold the 52nd annual Laboratory Symposium on Thurs., Sept. 26 at the Student Activities Center on the DMACC Campus in Ankeny.

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.

Team brings biosafety to Kirkwood studentsTeam brings biosafety to Kirkwood students
April 23, 2019 --- 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.

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.

Measles updateMeasles update
April 15, 2019 --- 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.

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.