Iowa officials track rise in flu to presence of three strains

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recently confirmed the state has seen a rise in influenza activity that experts attribute to three different influenza strains circulating in Iowa. Read More »

Iowa officials confirm start of flu season

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recently confirmed that flu season has started early for the state this year. Read More »

NewLink Genetics awarded federal contract to work on Ebola test vaccine

The Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has awarded a NewLink Genetics subsidiary with an $8.1 million base contract, with the option of a further $5.2 million, to work on development of the rVSV-ZEBOV (Ebola) vaccine candidate, NewLink Genetics said recently. Read More »

Iowa senator vows to review USDA avian influenza plans

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) said Friday she looks forward to reviewing the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) recently released plans for handling future outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian influenza. Read More »

Humidity, school vacations connected to Mexico's flu waves during 2009 H1N1 pandemic

Environmental and social processes created 2 pandemic outbreaks Read More »

Spotlight Innovation completes Memcine Pharmaceuticals acquisition

Spotlight Innovation, based in West Des Moines, Iowa, said on Monday that it has completed the acquisition of a majority ownership in Memcine Pharmaceuticals, based at the University of Iowa-Coralville. Memcine is currently creating a new vaccine platform technology called Immunoplex, which will use the body’s natural defenses as a carrier of vaccine components. Read More »

Probable case of bird flu found in Iowa

According to a recent announcement, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has responded to a potential highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) case in Iowa’s Hamilton County. Read More »

Public health emergency declared in Indiana county after HIV spike

Dr. Jerome Adams, Indiana's state health commissioner,  declared  a state of public health emergency on Thursday in  Scott County, effective through May 24, 2016. The declaration was made in light of the HIV outbreak in Southeastern Indiana. There are now 160 cases of HIV in the area (159 confirmed cases and one case producing a preliminary positive test result). Read More »

Iowa congressman weighs in after avian-flu state of emergency declared

U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) released a statement on Friday on Iowa's state of emergency that was issued over an outbreak of avian influenza H5N2. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad issued the state-of-emergency directive, along with Mark Schouten, director of Iowa's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department, and Bill Northey, Iowa's agriculture secretary. Read More »

Probable bird flu cases reported in 4 Iowa counties

Four potential cases of highly contagious avian influenza have been detected in Iowa’s Cherokee, Pocahontas, Sac, and Madison counties, the Iowa Department of Agriculture said Friday.  Read More »

Update on HIV outbreak in Indiana

Health officials recently released an update concerning the outbreak of HIV in southern Indiana. Read More »

Phase III trial of investigational Ebola vaccine launched in Sierra Leone

NewLink Genetics Corp. and Merck Vaccines recently announced the start of Phase III, late-stage clinical trials for an investigational Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone. Read More »

NewLink Genetics and Merck accept vaccine industry awards

NewLink Genetics Corp., a biopharmaceutical company that makes innovative immunotherapeutic medicines available to cancer patients around the world, and Merck & Co. Inc. recently accepted Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) awards in the categories of “Best Vaccine License” and “Best Prophylactic Vaccine.” Read More »

New progress with oral hepatitis B vaccine

Genetically modified corn used to deliver vaccine without requiring refrigeration. Read More »

Iowa seeing increase in influenza

The flu virus is progressing in Iowa. Read More »

Three influenza strains in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) said on Tuesday that A(H3N2), A(H1N1) and B - all three of the influenza strains in this year’s vaccine - are at large in Iowa. Read More »

Two influenza strains in Iowa

Even though Iowa’s flu cases are currently few in number, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network warn that two influenza strains are circulating in the state. Read More »

Flu hits Iowa early; officials spur vaccination efforts

The flu got an early start in Iowa, according to health officials. Read More »