Awareness week celebrates a precious resource
The State Hygienic Laboratory invites Iowans to join a national celebration of a resource that helps make life possible – groundwater. The National Groundwater Awareness Week from March 11-17 is an annual observance established by the National Groundwater Association (NGWA) to highlight the responsible development, management and use of water.

Registration open for Governor’s Conference
The Iowa Environmental Health Association and the Iowa Public Health Association are co-sponsoring the Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health on April 10-11 at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport.

Flu-related deaths nearly triple of last season
Influenza continues to be widespread across the nation in what public health officials are calling the worst flu season since 2009. "Levels of influenza-like illness across the country are now as high as we observed at the peak of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic,” said CDC Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat on Feb. 9.

Salmonella outbreak expands, 65 infected in five states
An outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium in chicken salad that began in Iowa on Feb. 9 has spread to Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and Texas. CDC reported on Feb. 22 that 65 people have been infected and, of those, 28 have been hospitalized with Salmonella linked to chicken salad prepared by Triple T Specialty Meats. The product was sold in all Fareway stores in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Student tackles nitrates with floating islandsBella Steffensmeier
Can floating islands of plants clean nitrate pollutants from pond water? Bella Steffensmeier wanted to know how to help keep her family’s pond clean. With the help of her teacher, her accommodating parents and scientists from SHL, she began an experiment that would help her find the answer.

SHL publishes Annual Report
The State Hygienic Laboratory earlier this month published its Annual Report for fiscal year 2017. The theme is “From Complexity to Clarity – Bringing Public Health Laboratory Science into Focus.”

Dare to Discover campaign profiles May
Dustin May, environmental lab supervisor at the State Hygienic Laboratory, is one of 65 outstanding student researchers profiled in the University of Iowa’s 2018 Dare to Discover banner campaign.Black-and-gold banners with photos of the individual students and statements about their areas of expertise are on display throughout downtown Iowa City, and in the Old Capitol Mall/ University Capitol Centre.

State Hygienic Laboratory launches biosecurity course
A new course designed to help clinical laboratories improve their knowledge of biosecurity practices is now available on the website. “Biosecurity for Clinical Laboratories” was developed by the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa in collaboration with the Association of Public Health Laboratories.

Panera recalls cream cheese due to possible ListeriaPanera cream cheese
Panera Bread issued a nationwide recall on Jan. 29 of all its 2 oz. and 8 oz. tubs of cream cheese that were sold in its U.S. locations because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.