MDH has developed a model for investigating foodborne illness using a centralized group of epidemiologists and interviewers coordinated with local environmental health departments. This approach allows us to rapidly respond to reports of outbreaks, standardize outbreak investigations, maintain a statewide database of foodborne disease, and distribute information quickly and consistently.
- Foodborne Outbreak Basics
Information about what an outbreak is and how you can find out if one is occurring.
Reporting Suspected Foodborne Illness
Please call the Minnesota Department of Health if you suspect you have a foodborne or waterborne illness. MDH will relay the necessary information to the appropriate local health authorities.
Why should I call the foodborne illness hotline? | What do I need to know before I call? | What are the hotline hours? | What happens after I call? | Hotline print materials
- Outbreak Detection
Outbreaks are detected in a variety of ways at the Minnesota Department of Health.
- Outbreak Investigations
Investigations usually involve coordination between epidemiologists and environmental health inspectors.
- Outbreak Statistics
Minnesota Department of Health Gastroenteritis Outbreak Summary, this publication contains statistics and summaries of outbreaks that occurred in Minnesota during the year.
- Foodborne Outbreaks at Schools, Day Care, and Long-term Care Facilities
Checklist log sheets, communicating with parents, and tips for working with the media.
Checklist For Schools | Communicating with Parents | Tips for Working with the Media