Governor expands disaster proclamation to 41 counties
Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation on March 19 in response to flooding and flash flooding beginning March 13 and continuing.
Flood Health and Safety
The State Hygienic Laboratory has created a list of recommendations for those people affected by flooding.
Iowa investigates 12 norovirus outbreaks
Chances are that you or someone you care for may have had norovirus. Each year, more than 19 million people in the U.S. do.
Norovirus is highly contagious and the bacteria can live on surfaces for days or weeks. It is the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis with vomiting, diarrhea and, possibly, dehydration. It is very common, particularly in the winter months when people tend to be indoors where illnesses are spread easily.
Legionella cases on the rise
Iowa, like much of the U.S., is seeing a steady increase in reported cases of legionellosis, a serious type of pneumonia, commonly known as Legionnaires’ disease. In 2018, 63 confirmed cases of legionellosis were reported in Iowa, up from 35 cases in 2017.
CDC reports 127 cases of measles since Jan. 1
Five ongoing measles outbreaks in the U.S. have reached 286 confirmed cases since last fall, including 127 cases already this year. There are no known cases in Iowa.