Reporting Staphylococcus aureus Infection
What to report
- Vancomycin-intermediate Staphylococcus aureus (VISA) must be reported to MDH within one working day.
- Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) must be reported to MDH within one working day.
- Death and critical illness due to community-associated Staphylococcus aureus* in a previously healthy individual must be reported to MDH within one working day.
- *Patient must have had: a positive culture for S. aureus from any body site obtained < 48 hours of admission to a hospital (if admitted); no indwelling percutaneous devices or catheters; and no history of hospitalization, surgery, long-term care facility residence, or dialysis within the prior year.
How to report Staphylococcus aureus
Vancomycin Intermediate and Vancomycin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Case Report Form
This is the reporting form for Vancomycin Intermediate and Vancomycin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VISA/VRSA). Before filling out the VISA/VRSA Case Report Form, please call MDH at 651-201-5414.
- Rapidly Fatal or Serious Community-associated Staphylococcus aureus Infection Case Report Form
This is the reporting form for rapidly fatal or serious community-associated Staphylococcus aureus (serious staph) infection.
- Invasive Staphylococcus aureus Active Bacterial Core Surveillance (ABCs) Case Report Form
ABCs invasive S. aureus case report form.
Any reportable infectious disease may be reported by phone to 651-201-5414 or 877-676-5414.
Other reporting: Invasive S. aureus surveillance
- Invasive Staphylococcus aureus Surveillance
Surveillance for invasive S. aureus in Ramsey and Hennepin County residents.
Submitting clinical materials
For Staphylococcus aureus, submission of clinical materials (isolate, if available) to MDH is required by rule.
- Clinical Materials
Clinical materials must be submitted according to these guidelines.
Who is required to report
- Health care practitioners (health care facilities, medical laboratories, and in certain circumstances veterinarians and veterinary medical laboratories) are required to report disease to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) under Minnesota state law.
- Unless previously reported, every licensed health care provider who provides care to any patient who has, is suspected of having, or has died from a reportable disease is required to report.
- Any person in charge of any institution, school, child care facility, or camp is also required to report disease to MDH.
More about S. aureus
- Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus or “staph”)
MDH comprehensive S. aureus resource page.
- Vancomycin Intermediate Staphylococcus aureus (VISA)
and Vancomycin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA)
MDH VISA and VRSA resource page.
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
MDH MRSA and MSSA resource page.
see also>> Reporting Toxic Shock Syndrome