Lab announces Memorial Day holiday hours
In observance of Memorial Day, the State Hygienic Laboratory will be open as follows.
Syphilis Testing Changes
Effective June 1, the State Hygienic Laboratory will begin using the reverse syphilis serology testing algorithm instead of the traditional algorithm. Read more...
Test Iowa At-Home: Directions to SHL for Kit Pick-Up
Test Iowa At-Home collection kits may be picked up at any of our three laboratory locations during business hours.
State's largest river cleanup set to take on the West Fork of the Des Moines River
As of March 15, volunteer registration will be available for the 19th Iowa Project AWARE river cleanup event. Read more...
Celebrating Earth Month at the State Hygienic Laboratory
The State Hygienic Laboratory partners with IDNR to serve the environmental needs of the state. Read more...
As Omicron surge peaks in Iowa, SHL staff deliver a systematic and coordinated response
On a frigid morning in mid-January, tiny flurries swirled outside the University of Iowa State Hygienic Lab building as an unusual sight, an eighteen-wheeler UPS semi-truck, slowly backed up to the loading dock with a daily delivery of samples. Read more...
New Mumps IgG Antibody Test
The State Hygienic Laboratory will offer a new Mumps IgG Antibody test effective October 1, 2021. Read more.
Update - 9/9/21 - Adding Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) to the Newborn Screening Panel
The North Dakota and South Dakota Newborn Screening Programs have completed the required administrative rule process to begin statewide newborn screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) effective September 1, 2021.
Mumps IgM Antibody and Arbovirus IgM Antibody Testing Changes
The State Hygienic Laboratory will discontinue offering the Mumps IgM Antibody and Arbovirus IgM Antibody tests effective September 30, 2021. Read more.
DiaSorin SARS-CoV-2 IgG Antibody Testing Changes
The DiaSorin SARS-CoV-2 IgG Antibody test will have a new result interpretation effective Ocober 1, 2021. Read more.
New Ordering Method for SARS-CoV-2 Next Generation Sequencing Test
All facilities that wish to submit PCR positive SARS-CoV-2 samples for next generation sequencing are strongly encouraged to use the COVID-19 Electronic Test Request Form that is part of the OpenELIS Web Portal.
Lyme Antibody Testing Changes
The State Hygienic Laboratory will discontinue offering the Lyme IgG and IgM Antibodies by Western Blot tests effective May 1, 2021. Read more.
Whole Genome Sequencing for COVID-19
Whole genome sequencing (WGS) determines the order of bases in the genome (genetic material) of an organism. A genome consists of multiple genes which determine the characteristics of the organism.
Cycle Threshold (Ct) values in the testing process
Information and Resources for better understanding the role of Ct values in COVID-19 testing. Read more.