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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.

Thank you, Peter MaPeter Ma
Sept. 28, 2018 --- Peter Ma, a SHL laboratory technician, passed away on Sept. 16 at the age of 63 in his Iowa City home following an extended illness. Ma served the state of Iowa and SHL for more than 23 years as a staff member in the Environmental Health Division.

Is your well water safe to drink?
Sept. 25, 2018 --- Nearly 10 percent of Iowans receive their drinking water from private wells. Unlike water from municipal systems, there are no regulations that require private well owners to test their drinking water.

Take simple steps for preparedness
Sept. 7, 2018 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory, and other state and national agencies are recognizing September as National Preparedness Month to highlight how easy it is to be prepared.

Officials issue advisory for Sorghum
Sept. 5, 2018 --- The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Johnson County Public Health Department, and the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) on Sept. 4 issued a consumer advisory for sorghum made by Pure Missouri Ozark Country Sorghum in Dunnegan, Mo.

Inspired work removes tons of trash from river
Aug. 30, 2018 --- Iowa Project AWARE is not for the faint of heart. It’s usually hot. Folks get muddy. Lifting parts of appliances, tires and other trash weighed down by water and mud tests muscles and patience.

Teachers association honors Project AWARE
Aug. 30, 2018 --- The Iowa Science Teachers Section (ISTS) of the Iowa Academy of Science announced on Aug. 8 that it selected Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition) as a recipient of its prestigious Friend of Science Award.

West Nile virus cases nearly double in peak season
Aug. 28, 2018 --- The number of West Nile virus cases in Iowa has nearly doubled from nine as of Aug. 21 to 17 on Aug. 27. One of those cases resulted in the death of an elderly man in central Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Death of elderly Iowan associated with West Nile virus
Aug. 3, 2018 --- The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on Aug. 3 the first reported 2018 Iowa death associated with West Nile virus in an elderly adult (more than 81 years old) from central Iowa. A second case of human West Nile virus infection also has been reported in a Palo Alto County an adult male between the ages of 61 and 80 who has recovered.

80 Iowa cases of Cyclospora linked to McDonald’s salads
Aug. 2, 2018 --- At least 80 Iowa cases have been confirmed in a Cyclospora outbreak linked to salads sold at McDonald’s restaurants in 15 states, primarily in the Midwest, the CDC reported on July 26.

SHL part of UI recycling funded by Coke
Aug. 2, 2018 --- The UI Office of Sustainability will distribute 500 new recycling bins around campus thanks to the Public Space Recycling Bin grant from Coca-Cola North America and the organization Keep America Beautiful. SHL is a part of this collective effort and has incorporated the bins in its updated recycling program.