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IDPH is first step in Zika testingIDPH is first step in Zika testing
Healthcare providers suspecting a potential case of Zika virus should first contact the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology at 800-362-2736. CADE staff will consult with the provider to determine whether the case meets the CDC testing criteria.

Hygienic Lab salutes public lab professionalsHygienic Lab salutes public lab professionals
The work of laboratory staff who help maintain and improve health and quality of life is celebrated as part of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 24 – 30.

SHL updates Clinical Test Request Forms SHL updates Clinical Test Request Forms
The State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) is implementing new Clinical Test Request Forms (TRFs) with updates to the insurance section, effective immediately.

Lead in drinking water raises health concernsLead in drinking water raises health concerns
An increased national focus on lead in drinking water raises many questions about the health effects of lead and how exposure can be prevented. Lead is highly toxic and can affect nearly all organs in the body.

Mumps nears end in some countiesMumps nears end in some counties
A mumps outbreak that began in July in Johnson County among young adults attending the University of Iowa officially ended in the county on March 14, but continues to spread through other counties, mostly those with a university campus.

Iowa joins national cohort to save babies’ livesIowa joins national cohort to save babies’ lives
The Iowa Newborn Screening Program is one of 20 state programs chosen for NewSTEPs 360, a national initiative to save the lives of babies by reducing the time from birth to identification of serious and often life-treating conditions.