Public health officials alert Iowans of measles exposureLRN organizational structure
The Iowa Department of Public Health announced on April 23 that Iowans who recently visited two restaurants in the Des Moines area may have been exposed to a confirmed case of measles.

Pentella named director of the State Hygienic LaboratoryMichael Pentella
The University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Economic Development announced today that Michael Pentella, interim director of the State Hygienic Laboratory and a clinical professor of epidemiology in the College of Public Health, has been named as the laboratory’s permanent director. The appointment is effective June 1.

Newborn Screening Program seeks public input
In collaboration with the State Hygienic Laboratory and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and Department of Pediatrics, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) will host a Deliberative Community Engagement Event on April 7-8 in Johnston, Iowa to gather input about newborn screening in the state. Recommendations from a sampling of about 30 Iowans will provide their perspective when the state considers whether to make additions to the Iowa Newborn Screening Panel.

Clinical labs learn bioterrorism rule-out protocolsLRN organizational structure
Laboratory staff from 13 Iowa hospitals participated in the “Sentinel Lab Rule Out of Potential Agents of Bioterrorism: Wet Workshop” presented by the State Hygienic Laboratory on March 7 and 8 in Coralville.The annual workshop includes lectures, demonstrations and hands-on practice of protocols used by sentinel laboratories to identify potential agents of bioterrorism.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is public health crisis
The State Hygienic Laboratory confirmed more than 30 isolates of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in samples submitted from healthcare facilities throughout Iowa in 2017. CRE are considered by the CDC an immediate public health threat requiring urgent and aggressive action.

Project AWARE river cleanup returns to its roots Volunteers gather on the banks of the upper Cedar River during the 2017 Project AWARE
During a drizzly first week of June, 15 years ago, three dozen volunteers embarked on a first-of-its-kind river cleanup and outdoor education adventure. These brave volunteers set out to pick up trash from the Maquoketa River, and, in doing so, they sparked a river cleanup movement that transformed a humble idea into a nationally recognized leader in environmental education and stewardship efforts. It is known today as Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition).