Measles UpdateMeasles Update
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.

Flooding to increase water quality testingFlooding to increase water quality testing
As Iowans in the western part of the state brace for additional flooding predicted by the National Weather Service, the State Hygienic Laboratory is working around the clock to test for contaminants in drinking water from private wells.

Resources help guide private well flood recoveryResources help guide private well flood recovery
The State Hygienic Laboratory and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources help guide flood recovery and routine well operation for people who receive their drinking water from private wells.

Multistate mumps outbreak sickens 151 in 30 statesMultistate mumps outbreak sickens 151 in 30 states
A multistate outbreak of mumps sickened 151 people in 30 states between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, 2019, including three in Iowa, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Boone River site of Project AWARE river clean-upBoone River site of Project AWARE river clean-up
Hundreds of volunteers are expected to gather in north central Iowa this summer to clean and beautify a 61-mile stretch of the Boone River as part of Iowa Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition).

Workshop helps clinicians practice preparednessWorkshop helps clinicians practice preparedness
The State Hygienic Laboratory will present a course for Iowa clinical laboratory staff as a refresher on how to detect highly infectious agents that may be used in bioterrorism events.