Find the latest updates from the Des Moines County Board of Health.

Investigation of Elevated Lead Levels: Applesauce Pouches (November 2023)

November 8, 2023

As reported in a safety alert issued by FDA on October 28, 2023, the FDA, along with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) are investigating reports of four children with elevated blood lead levels, indicating potential acute lead toxicity. The NCDHHS investigation identified WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree pouches as a potential shared source of exposure. As part of their investigation, NCDHHS analyzed multiple lots of WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree, detecting extremely high concentrations of lead.


June 16, 2023

Campylobacteriosis (often called campy) is a diarrheal disease caused by infection with the bacterium Campylobacter. It is the most common cause of diarrheal disease in the United States. 2.5 million cases are estimated to occur annually. Most often the illness is fairly mild and requires little to no treatment other than hydration and rest. However, Guillain-Barre syndrome and reactive arthritis are two long-term complications that have been linked to campylobacteriosis. Campylobacteriosis is reportable to the Iowa Department of Public Health by Iowa Administrative Code 641 chapter 1.

National Data Breach Impacts Some Iowa Medicaid Members

April 14, 2023

Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces today that some Medicaid members’ personal information was compromised in a national data breach affecting a contractor’s computer system last year. The Iowa Medicaid system was not breached.

Iowa HHS Announces Nutrition and Food Insecurity Initiatives

November 16, 2022

The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces two initiatives focused on healthy habits, nutrition and addressing food insecurity for Iowa families.

HHS Launches Narcan Program for Iowa Organizations, Businesses and Schools

October 27, 2022

To help address the issue of opioid misuse, the Iowa Department of Health of Human Services (HHS) is expanding their initiative to provide naloxone (the opioid overdose reversal medication) to Iowa organizations, businesses and schools, which may be in a position to render aid to a person at risk of experiencing an opioid overdose.

West Nile virus

September 7, 2022

HHS Announces First West Nile Case of 2022

IDPH and HHS announces launch of 988

The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the launch of 988.


August 12, 2022

Public health officials are tracking multiple cases of monkeypox that have been reported in several countries that don’t normally report monkeypox including the United States.

Beach at Lake of Three Fires Closed Temporarily for Swimming

July 8, 2022

Beach closed due to a possible connection to a confirmed case of a rare brain infection.

First Case of Monkeypox in Iowa

July 1, 2022

The risk to the general public is considered low.

Formula Shortage Update from the Departments of Iowa Public Health and Human Services

May 12, 2022

The Iowa Departments of Public Health and Human Services provide an update on infant formula as they work to provide information and resources to Iowans who are impacted by the shortage.
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