SHL in the news
'If you have it in your kitchen, throw it away': Iowa officials warn against using Ozark Country Sorghum
Q&A with Iowa lab’s safety officer, Drew Fayram: How the CDC/APHL biosafety and biosecurity program created a culture of safety
Laboratory Update: Orthopoxvirus, Conclusion, Qualitative Real-Time PCR
August 1, 2022 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory is pleased to announce the release of the Orthopoxvirus, Conclusion, Qualitative Real-Time PCR test (LRN Code: LRNT123). This is a PCR test intended for the qualitative detection of non-variola Orthopoxviruses (VAC1 assay). Read more...
Iowa Laboratory Response Network (ILRN) Update: Monkeypox Guidance for Clinical Diagnostic Laboratories
June 20, 2022 --- Important details about recent monkeypox cases and instructions for obtaining laboratory testing for monkeypox virus through SHL or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more...
Celebrating Earth Month at the State Hygienic Laboratory
April 20, 2022 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory partners with IDNR to serve the environmental needs of the state. Read more...
State's largest river cleanup set to take on the West Fork of the Des Moines River
March 21, 2022 --- As of March 15, volunteer registration will be available for the 19th Iowa Project AWARE river cleanup event. Read more...
As Omicron surge peaks in Iowa, SHL staff deliver a systematic and coordinated response
February 14, 2022 --- On a frigid morning in mid-January, tiny flurries swirled outside the University of Iowa State Hygienic Lab building as an unusual sight, an eighteen-wheeler UPS semi-truck, slowly backed up to the loading dock with a daily delivery of samples. Read more...
New Mumps IgG Antibody Test
September 21, 2021 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory will offer a new Mumps IgG Antibody test effective October 1, 2021. Read more.
September Public Health Webinars
September 3, 2021 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa and the Association of Public Health Laboratories are co-sponsoring two webinars in September.
Mumps IgM Antibody and Arbovirus IgM Antibody Testing Changes
August 30, 2021 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory will discontinue offering the Mumps IgM Antibody and Arbovirus IgM Antibody tests effective September 30, 2021. Read more.
DiaSorin SARS-CoV-2 IgG Antibody Testing Changes
August 30, 2021 --- The DiaSorin SARS-CoV-2 IgG Antibody test will have a new result interpretation effective Ocober 1, 2021. Read more.
Monitoring Air Quality for Iowans
August 23, 2021 --- You’ve probably heard about the outdoor air quality alerts in Iowa over the last few weeks, but do you know how the data that drives the alerts is collected? Read more.
Hundreds of Volunteers Remove River Trash During Low Water Conditions in Raccoon Rivers
August 20, 2021 --- NORTH, MIDDLE AND SOUTH RACCOON RIVERS – 16 tons: What do you get?
Update - 9/9/21 - Adding Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) to the Newborn Screening Panel
August 11, 2021; updated September 9, 2021 --- The North Dakota and South Dakota Newborn Screening Programs have completed the required administrative rule process to begin statewide newborn screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) effective September 1, 2021.
New Ordering Method for SARS-CoV-2 Next Generation Sequencing Test
August 10, 2021 --- All facilities that wish to submit PCR positive SARS-CoV-2 samples for next generation sequencing are strongly encouraged to use the COVID-19 Electronic Test Request Form that is part of the OpenELIS Web Portal.