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2014 Lab Alerts
2013 Lab Alerts
2012 Lab Alerts
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2014 Lab Alerts

MLS Influenza Laboratory Update #1: September 30, 2014
2014-2015 Influenza Season (PDF: 84KB/4 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update #6 Ebola: September 26, 2014
Updated Interim Guidance for Specimen Collection for Patients with Suspect Ebola (PDF: 62KB/4 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: September 19, 2014
Influenza Testing Sign-Up (PDF: 40KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: September 15, 2014
On-line Bioterrorism Rule-Out PT Assessment (PDF: 40KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: September 9, 2014
Enterovirus D68 (PDF: 54KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update #5 Ebola: September 4, 2014
MDH PHL Now has EUA test for Ebola Virus (PDF: 47KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: August 25, 2014
Survey Reminder for CDC ABC Surveillance (PDF: 60KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: August 15, 2014
Survey for CDC ABC Surveillance (PDF: 60KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update #4 Ebola: August 7, 2014
Interim Guidance for Specimen Collection (PDF: 42KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update #3 Ebola: August 5, 2014
Evaluation Guidelines of MN Patients Suspected of Having Ebola Virus Disease (PDF: 88KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update #2 Ebola: August 5, 2014
Ebola Virus Audioconference (PDF: 37KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: August 1, 2014
Changes in Measles and Rubella Testing at MDH (PDF: 40KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: July 31, 2014
Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa (PDF: 44KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: July 25, 2014
Faxing All MDH Infectious Disease Lab Reports (PDF: 40KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: July 3, 2014
Cyclospora - a Cause of Prolonged Diarrhea (PDF: 40KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: June 26, 2014
New Fee Schedule and Contracting Process for MDH-PHL (PDF: 39KB/2 pages)

Tickborne Disease Update: June 12, 2014
Powassan and Arbovirus Testing to the 2014 Season (PDF: 42KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: June 11, 2014
Safe Practices for Blood Glucose Screening Events (PDF: 45KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: May 29, 2014
Tickborne Disease Update (PDF: 45KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: May 22, 2014
Emerging Diseases Associated with Travel (PDF: 43KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: May 20, 2014
APHL MERS-CoV Training Webinar and Sample Acceptance at MDH (PDF: 44KB/2 pages)

MLS Influenza Laboratory Update: May 16, 2014
Surveillance Continuing Through Summer (PDF: 46KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: April 4, 2014
ASM Revised Sentinel Lab Protocols (PDF: 35KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: April 4, 2014
Lassa Fever Confirmed in MN (PDF: 43KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: April 3, 2014
Listeria Exposure (PDF: 32KB/2 pages)

MLS Influenza Laboratory Update #3: April 1, 2014
Influenza Surveillance Continues (PDF: 45KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: February 11, 2014
Changes to Active Bacterial Core Surveillance (ABCs) Forms (PDF: 81KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: February 6, 2014
Basic Mycology Course - Offered Free at CDC (PDF: 39KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: January 17, 2014
Novel Influenza – Recommendations for Minnesota (PDF: 32KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: January 16, 2014
Important Newborn Screening Program Updates (PDF: 41KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: January 13, 2014
CLSI Performance Standards for AST (PDF: 41KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: January 10, 2014
2013-2014 Influenza Season Changes (PDF: 46KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Advisory: January 7, 2014
Broken Water Pipes at MDH-PHL – Message #2 (PDF: 22KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Advisory: January 6, 2014
Broken Water Pipes at MDH-PHL – Testing Suspended for Monday (PDF: 22KB/1 page)

2013 Lab Alerts

MLS Laboratory Update: December 23, 2013
Assessing the Success of Guidelines for Biosafety (PDF: 52KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: December 20, 2013
MDH Annual Report (PDF: 52KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: December 17, 2013
MDH PHL UPS Holiday Schedule (PDF: 53KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: November 1, 2013
Challenge Set Reminder (PDF: 57KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: October 30, 2013
Use of New Method for MDH TB Lab (PDF: 57KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: October 15, 2013
MDH Bioterrorism Workshops November 2013 (PDF: 52KB/1 page)

MLS Influenza Laboratory Update #1: September 26, 2013
2013 – 2014 Influenza Season (PDF: 105KB/4 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: September 20, 2013
Antibiotic Resistance is Urgent Health Care Issue (PDF: 64KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: September 12, 2013
Yearly Influenza Testing and Sign-Up (PDF: 45KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: September 10, 2013
Upcoming MLS Emergency Response Test (PDF: 68KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: August 23, 2013
Survey Regarding Laboratory PT Samples (PDF: 24KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: August 20, 2013
Changes in Streptococcus pneumoniae Testing and Reports(PDF: 35KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: August 16, 2013
Free CDC Webinar (PDF: 33KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: August 15, 2013
Laboratory Diagnosis of Cyclosporiasis (PDF: 36KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Advisory: August 12, 2013
Rhodococcus Equi Bloodstream Infections Potentially Associated With Contaminated Products (PDF: 25KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: July 17, 2013
Cluster of Invasive Group A Streptoccal Infections (PDF: 35KB/1 page)

MLS Influenza Laboratory Update: July 11, 2013
Variant Influenza Surveillance following Swine Exposure (PDF: 74KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: June 28, 2013
New Synthetic Illicit Narcotic (Acetyl Fentanyl) Causing Deaths (PDF: 43KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: June 28, 2013
Newborn Screening Card Fee Increase (PDF: 50KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: June 14, 2013
Nationwide Shortage of Doxycycline (PDF: 46KB/3 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: June 14, 2013
H7N9 Update, Revised Testing Criteria (PDF: 43KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: June 12, 2013
MERS-CoV update and guidance - CDC Health Advisory (PDF: 102KB/3 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: May 28, 2013
Influenza Surveillance Continuing Through Summer (PDF: 45KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: May 2, 2013
H7N9 Update, globally, nationally, and in MN (PDF: 59KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: April 19, 2013
Faxing of All Mycobacteriology Laboratory Results (PDF: 30KB/1 page)

MLS Update: April 12, 2013
Powassan and Arbovirus Testing for the 2013 Season (PDF: 31KB/2 pages)

MLS Influenza Laboratory Update: April 10, 2013
ASM Revised Sentinel Lab Protocols (PDF: 87KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update
CDC Health Advisory: April 5, 2013
Human Infections with Novel Influenza A (H7N9) Viruses (PDF: 47KB/4 pages)

MLS Influenza Laboratory Update #8: April 4, 2013
Influenza Laboratory Update (PDF: 87KB/4 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: March 12, 2013
Novel Coronavirus Update (PDF: 194KB/3 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: February 22, 2013
Changes in the MDH TB Laboratory (PDF: 87KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update, January 25, 2013
REMINDER: MDH Mycobacteriology (TB) Laboratory Customer Satisfaction Survey
TB Lab Customer Update (PDF: 168KB/1 page)

MLS Influenza Laboratory Update #7, January 24, 2013
Influenza laboratory Update (PDF: 157KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update, January 16, 2013
TB Lab Customer Satisfaction Survey (PDF: 87KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Fungal Outbreak Update #12, January 16, 2013
Outbreak Winding Down (PDF: 89KB/1 page)

MLS Influenza Laboratory Update, January 10, 2013
Newborn Screening Adds Test for SCID (PDF: 160KB/1 page)

MLS Influenza Laboratory Update #6, January 4, 2013
Widespread Influenza Activity (PDF: 224KB/1 page)

2012 Lab Alerts

MLS Influenza Laboratory Update #5, December 21, 2012
2012-2013 Influenza Season change of specimen submission guidelines (PDF: 194KB/2 pages)

MLS Influenza Laboratory Update #4, December 14, 2012
2012-2013 Influenza Season (PDF: 175KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update, December 13, 2012
Varicella Reporting (PDF: 106KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update, December 11, 2012
Arboviral surveillance (PDF: 84KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update, December 5, 2012
Short Survey to Inform MDH about Utilization of Culture Independent Testing (PDF: 90KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Fungal Outbreak Update #11, December 4, 2012
CDC Health Update: Additional Contamination Identified in Medical Products from New England Compounding Center (PDF: 52KB/3 pages)

MLS Laboratory Fungal Outbreak Update #10, November 21, 2012
CDC Health Advisory Update: Multistate Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis and Other Infections Associated with Contaminated Steroid Medication (PDF: 169KB/3 pages)

MLS Laboratory Fungal Outbreak Update #9, November 15, 2012
13th Case of Fungal Infection in Minnesota (PDF: 166KB/1 page)

MLS Update: Influenza Update #3, November 9, 2012
Possible influenza rapid test malfunction (PDF: 81KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Meningitis UPDATE #8: November 2, 2012
CDC Health Advisory – Contamination Identified in Additional Medical Products from NECC (PDF: 259KB/3 pages)

MLS Laboratory Meningitis UPDATE #7: November 1, 2012
CDC Health Advisory – Voluntary Recall of All Ameridose Medical Products (PDF: 174KB/2 pages)

MLS Update: October 30, 2012
New Phone Number for Rule-Out and Referral of Potential BT Organisms (PDF: 135KB/1 page)

MLS Update: Laboratory Meningitis UPDATE #6: October 17, 2012
Request for Additional Information Regarding the Meningitis Outbreak Associated with Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products (PDF: 136KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update #5: October 16, 2012
Update on the Meningitis Outbreak Associated with Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products (PDF: 259KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Influenza Update #2: October 16, 2012
First Influenza Isolate of the Season Confirmed as Influenza A (PDF: 68KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory UPDATE #4: October 08, 2012
Important Update on Specimen Submission for the Meningitis Outbreak (PDF: 261KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory UPDATE #3: October 5, 2012
Additional Information on the Meningitis Outbreak – Diagnostic Testing (PDF: 180KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory ADVISORY: October 4, 2012
CHANGE in Request for Information on Aspergillus fumigatus in Sterile Sites (PDF: 67KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory UPDATE: October 3, 2012
Invitation to Participate in Challenge Set Eleven (PDF: 65KB/1 page)
Please respond by October 11, 2012

MLS Laboratory UPDATE: October 1, 2012
Request for Information on Aspergillus fumigatus in CSF (PDF: 64KB/1 page)

MLS Influenza Laboratory Update: September 19, 2012
2012 – 2013 Influenza Season (PDF: 133KB/3 pages)

MLS Influenza Laboratory Update: September 14, 2012
Influenza Testing Assessment Reminder and Teleconference (PDF: 78KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: September 12, 2012
Plesiomonas shigelloides - MDH to Determine Incidence in MN (PDF: 148KB/1 page)

MLS: Influenza Laboratory Update: September 10, 2012
Invitation to Participate: MLS Laboratory Influenza/RSV Weekly Surveillance (PDF: 67KB/1 page)

MLS: Laboratory Update: August 16, 2012
Reminder - MDH Offers Approved Packaging and Shipping Regulations Training (PDF: 138KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: August 14, 2012
Evaluation of Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests for Influenza A (H3N2)v Virus (PDF: 91KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: August 9, 2012
Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) Associated with Swimming (PDF: 67KB/2 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: August 6, 2012
Influenza A H3N2v Infections: Increased Reports in Three States (PDF: 189KB/2 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: August 2, 2012
Clarification - Pertussis Epidemic (PDF: 149KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: July 23, 2012
Reminder: MDH Offers Approved Packaging and Shipping Regulations Training (PDF: 149KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: July 20, 2012
Pertussis Update (PDF: 149KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: July 19, 2012
Cryptosporidium Outbreak (PDF: 149KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: July 17, 2012
Important Changes in Newborn Screening (PDF: 149KB/1 page)

MDH Offers Approved Packaging and Shipping Regulations Training: July 11, 2012
Packaging Shipping Training (PDF: 25KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: July 3, 2012
New MLS Program Advisor (PDF: 34KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: July 3, 2012
First West Nile Virus Case of the Season (PDF: 143KB/1 page)

MLS Laboratory Update: April 11, 2012
2012 Regional Laboratory Conference Schedule Set – Registration Open

MLS Laboratory Update: March 28, 2012
Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis in Waterparks (PDF: 148KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: March 26, 2012
Powassan testing for the 2012 season (PDF: 73KB/2 pages)

MLS Influenza Laboratory Update #5: March 23, 2012
Submission of specimens for influenza surveillance (PDF: 154KB/2 pages)

MLS Laboratory Advisory: March 21, 2012
MDH Guidance for Packaging and Shipping Regulations (PDF: 191KB/3 pages)

MLS Laboratory Update: March 16, 2012
Notification of Upcoming Statewide Laboratory Exercise and Informational Teleconference (PDF: 75KB/2 pages)

MLS: Laboratory Update: February 23, 2012
Testing Practices for Enteric Pathogens – please respond

Categories of MLS Lab Alerts:
Laboratory ALERT
Conveys the highest level of importance; warrants immediate action, attention or response.
Laboratory ADVISORY
Provides important laboratory information which needs to be reviewed in a timely manner; may not require immediate action or response. (Previously designated as "Important Laboratory Information")
Laboratory UPDATE
Provides routine laboratory information; unlikely to require immediate action or response. (Previously designated as "Routine Laboratory Information")



Updated

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 01:36PM