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Death of elderly Iowan associated with West Nile virus
Aug. 3, 2018 --- The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on Aug. 3 the first reported 2018 Iowa death associated with West Nile virus in an elderly adult (more than 81 years old) from central Iowa. A second case of human West Nile virus infection also has been reported in a Palo Alto County an adult male between the ages of 61 and 80 who has recovered.

Visit to SHL inspires Virginia Tech student
Aug. 2, 2018 --- Kayla Septer, a native Iowan studying public health at Virginia Tech (VT), is spending the summer studying ciprofloxacin-resistant Shigella at the State Hygienic Laboratory. Septer came to SHL to complete a practicum for her Master of Public Health at VT, making her the first student from an out-of-state university to do so.

Teachers learn lessons about public health
Aug. 2, 2018 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory is hosting four Iowa math and science teachers for six-week immersive experiences through the Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Program. Since 2011, SHL has hosted several Iowa teachers to give them hands-on experience in a public health laboratory.

80 Iowa cases of Cyclospora linked to McDonald’s salads
Aug. 2, 2018 --- At least 80 Iowa cases have been confirmed in a Cyclospora outbreak linked to salads sold at McDonald’s restaurants in 15 states, primarily in the Midwest, the CDC reported on July 26.

Salmonella infections linked to pasta salad
Aug. 2, 2018 --- The CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and public health and regulatory officials in several states, including Iowa, are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Sandiego infections linked to Spring Pasta Salad purchased at Hy-Vee grocery stores. As of July 18, 21 people, including eight Iowans, have been infected with this strain of Salmonella, according to the CDC report.

SHL part of UI recycling funded by Coke
Aug. 2, 2018 --- The UI Office of Sustainability will distribute 500 new recycling bins around campus thanks to the Public Space Recycling Bin grant from Coca-Cola North America and the organization Keep America Beautiful. SHL is a part of this collective effort and has incorporated the bins in its updated recycling program.

National agency selects SHL Ambassador
Aug. 2, 2018 --- Steven Mandernach, chief of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals’ (IDIA) Food & Consumer Safety Bureau and Public Health Ambassador for the State Hygienic Laboratory, has been selected to serve as the next executive director of the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO). Mandernach will leave IDIA on Oct. 4.