SHL updates clinical test request forms (TRFs)SHL updates clinical test request forms (TRFs)
The State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) will be updating its clinical test request forms (TRFs) effective July 1, 2019 to reflect the changes in Iowa's Managed Care Organizations (MCOs).

Parasitology: pinworm examination test offeredParasitology: pinworm examination test offered
Effective July 1st, 2019, the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) will offer a Pinworm examination test. Pinworm collection devices or scotch tape preps will be accepted for Pinworm identification.

2019 Laboratory Symposium2019 Laboratory Symposium
The State Hygienic Laboratory will hold the 52nd annual Laboratory Symposium on Thurs., Sept. 26 at the Student Activities Center on the DMACC Campus in Ankeny.

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.

Team brings biosafety to Kirkwood studentsTeam brings biosafety to Kirkwood students
Two SHL microbiologists teamed to develop and teach a course that aims to help students work safely in a clinical laboratory and gives them a head start when they enter the workforce.