Lab announces holiday hours
In observance of Thanksgiving, the State Hygienic Laboratory on 11-22-18 through 11-24-18 will follow these hours of operation.

Hanft to Serve as Public Health AmbassadorBrian Hanft
The State Hygienic Laboratory announced on Oct. 17 that Brian Hanft, of the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, will serve as its 10th Public Health Ambassador.

Discontinuation of Rubella and Measles Serology Testsrubella virus
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.

Officials identify potential cases of rare conditionAFM
The Iowa Department of Public Health reported on Oct. 18 that a second possible case of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) was identified in Iowa. AFM is a rare neurologic condition that causes weakness in the arms and legs, loss of reflexes and, potentially, paralysis.

Investigators link 6.9 million pounds of beef to outbreakRaw Ground Beef
More than 6.9 million pounds of raw beef products have been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Newport that sickened 120 people in 22 states, including one case in Iowa, according to an Oct. 23 CDC announcement. An Arizona-based meat processor recalled the products on Oct. 4.