The year in review

November 2011

A team from the State Hygienic Laboratory and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed three cases of a reassorted strain of influenza that were found the week of Nov. 14 during routine surveillance in Iowa. A novel influenza A (H3N2) strain with a swine origin was detected in three children from central Iowa. Seven additional cases had been detected previously in Pennsylvania, Maine and Indiana. Team members are (from left) Anna Yakos, Michael Pentella, Ph.D., Lucy DesJardin, Ph.D., Laura Clark, Sandy Jirsa and Jeff Benfer.