Cycle Threshold (Ct) Values in PCR Tests
December 15, 2020 --- Information and Resources for better understanding the role of Ct values in COVID-19 testing. Read more.
Herpes Simplex Virus IgG and IgM Antibodies Testing Discontinued
July 6, 2020 --- Due to decreased demand for Herpes Simplex Virus IgG and IgM antibodies testing, the State Hygienic Laboratory will discontinue offering the following tests effective July 6, 2020:
Discharge Monitoring Report-Quality Assurance Study Program (DMR-QA)
February 5, 2020 --- Every year, EPA sends out participation information on the Discharge Monitoring Report-Quality Assurance Study Program (DMR-QA). Waste water permittees that participate must report proficiency testing (PT) results for analytes on their permits and DMR-QA analyte list.
Environmental Sample Collection, Handling, and Preservation Requirements
September 24, 2019
Parasitology: Pinworm Examination Test Offered
June 27, 2019 --- Effective July 1st, 2019, the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) will offer a Pinworm examination test. Pinworm collection devices or scotch tape preps will be accepted for Pinworm identification.
SHL updates clinical test request forms (TRFs)
June 18, 2019 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) will be updating its clinical test request forms (TRFs) effective July 1, 2019 to reflect the changes in Iowa's Managed Care Organizations (MCOs).
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.
SHL updates Final Report design
Jan. 31, 2019 --- On March 1, the State Hygienic Laboratory will transition to a new Final Report design for all testing, except Newborn Screening.
Discontinuation of Rubella and Measles Serology Tests
Oct. 11, 2018 --- SHL will discontinue Rubella IgG, Rubella IgM and Measles IgM testing effective December 31, 2018. Because rubella and measles are rare diseases in the US, the majority of IgM positive tests will likely be false positives.
Collecting Private Well Water for Testing at SHL
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.