SHL in the news
'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
Cleanup Celebrates 20 Years on the Iowa River; Set to Exceed 1,000,000 Pounds!
March 1, 2023 --- Iowa Project AWARE is heading to the Iowa River this summer! Online registration will be available starting at 7:00am, Monday, March 13. Read more...
Update to rabies testing process
January 19, 2023 --- As a part The State Hygienic Laboratory’s mission to provide objective, timely information to help keep Iowans safe and healthy, the lab provides rabies testing services at its Coralville laboratory.
WHO recommends monkeypox be renamed mpox
November 28, 2022 --- To minimize the negative impact of the current name, experts encourage the adoption of the new name "mpox". Read more...
Open Positions at the State Hygienic Laboratory
November 17, 2022 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory, with locations in Coralville, Ankeny, and Iowa’s Great Lakes Region, is hiring a variety of temporary and permanent positions. As the state’s public health and environmental laboratory, the Hygienic Laboratory serves all of Iowa’s 99 counties through disease detection, environmental monitoring, and newborn and maternal screening. Please visit the Jobs page to learn more and to apply.
Temp workers needed for State Hygienic Lab
November 17, 2022 --- The University of Iowa is seeking help hiring temporary workers for the State Hygienic Lab that - like many other industries - is facing a labor shortage stretching its staff thin as it aims to process an average of 1,000 tests a day for things like COVID-19, newborn and maternal screenings and tuberculosis. Read more...
Monitoring of Dental Unit Water Lines to Prevent Infection in Patients
November 9, 2022 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) at the University of Iowa can assist dentists with the necessary monitoring of dental unit water lines used in their practices to prevent infection in patients.
Iowa Influenza Surveillance Webinar for 2022-2023 Season
October 6, 2022; updated October 21, 2022 --- During this webinar, Iowa HHS and SHL staff will review the 2021-2022 flu season and describe the influenza surveillance system for 2022-2023.
Discontinuation of Hepatitis A IgM Antibody and Hepatitis B Core IgM Antibody Tests
September 21, 2022 --- Effective October 3rd, the State Hygienic Laboratory will discontinue offering Hepatitis A IgM Antibody and Hepatitis B Core IgM Antibody tests. Read more...
Discontinuation of Complement Fixation Tests
September 1, 2022 --- Effective September 6, the State Hygienic Laboratory will discontinue offering Complement Fixation testing. Read more...
New Special Pathogens Test Request Form/Patient Middle Name Added to Clinical Test Request Forms
August 19, 2022 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory at The University of Iowa has made a new test request form available to order special pathogens testing. The "Special Pathogens Test Request Form" is now available on the SHL Clinical Test Request Forms webpage located at https://www.shl.uiowa.edu/testmenu/formgenerator.xml.
Laboratory Update: Orthopoxvirus, Conclusion, Qualitative Real-Time PCR
August 1, 2022 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory is pleased to announce the release of the Orthopoxvirus, Conclusion, Qualitative Real-Time PCR test (LRN Code: LRNT123). This is a PCR test intended for the qualitative detection of non-variola Orthopoxviruses (VAC1 assay). Read more...