Clinical Materials: Infectious Disease Reporting - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Clinical Materials
Infectious Disease Reporting

Submitting clinical materials for a reportable disease to the Minnesota Department of Health.

On this page:
What to submit
Shipping methods
Clinical guide to services

What to submit:

If the disease that you are reporting requires submission of clinical materials, please submit a clinical isolate containing the infectious agent.

If an isolate is not available, submit material containing the infectious agent in the following order of preference:

  1. a patient specimen;
  2. nucleic acid; or
  3. other laboratory material.

Shipping methods:

    • It is the responsibility of the submitting laboratory to determine the appropriate packaging and shipping for patient specimens and culture isolates.
      • Regulations: Hazardous materials shipping
        U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration govern the transportation of hazardous materials by highway, rail, vessel, and air.
    • If you are using a courier, use regulatory compliant transport packaging and send to:
      • Minnesota Department of Health
        601 North Robert Street
        St. Paul, MN 55155
    • If courier transport is not available, the isolate may be sent by U.S. mail. Use regulatory compliant transport packaging and send to:
      • Minnesota Department of Health
        601 Robert St. N
        PO Box 64899
        St. Paul, MN 55164-0899
    • To request pre-paid transport labels (both mail and courier) and packaging, call the MDH Public Health Laboratory Specimen Handling Unit at 651-201-5200.

    • If you need assistance with transport issues,
      call MDH Specimen Receiving at 651-201-4953

Clinical guide to services

  • Clinical Laboratory
    Clinical Guide to Services, forms for request of MDH laboratory supply materials and virology specimen submission.

Please call the MDH Public Health Laboratory at 651-201-5200 for further instructions.



Updated Friday, 01-Jun-2018 08:50:08 CDT