Reporting Syphilis - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Reporting Syphilis
(Treponema pallidum)

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What to report
How to report
Who is required to report
Frequently asked questions
More about Syphilis

What to report

Syphilis (Treponema pallidum) must be reported to MDH within one working day.

Case definitions

  • Syphilis Case Definition
    Case definition from CDC's National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS) for Syphilis (Treponema pallidum).
  • Congenital Syphilis Case Definition
    Case definition from CDC's National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS) for Congenital Syphilis (Treponema pallidum).

How to report Syphilis

  • STD Confidential Case Report Card
    This disease may be reported using the MDH STD Confidential Case Report Form.

  • Phone
    Any reportable infectious disease may be reported by phone to 651-201-5414 or 877-676-5414.
Other reporting: chronic infections in pregnant patients
  • Chronic Infections in Pregnant Patients
    Pregnancy in a person infected with syphilis should be reported. Please call the Minnesota Department of Health by phone at 651-201-5414 or 877-676-5414 to report Congenital Syphilis.

Other reporting: partner notification

  • STD/HIV Partner Services Program
    Help for when partners need to be informed about STDs/HIV. The MDH STD/HIV Partner Services Program assists HIV or STD infected persons with notifying their partners about their potential exposure in a sensitive and private way.

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.

STDs: Special Reporting Requirements

Frequently asked questions

Special STD Reporting Requirements

  • Notwithstanding any previous report, a health care practitioner who has reason to believe that a person having chlamydial infection, syphilis, gonorrhea, or chancroid has not completed therapy shall notify MDH immediately.
  • Notwithstanding any previous report, a health care practitioner who treats persons infected with chlamydial infection, syphilis, gonorrhea, or chancroid shall ensure that contacts are treated or provide the names and addresses of contacts who may also be infected to MDH.
    • If known, persons named as contacts to a person with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, including acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), shall be reported.
  • Notwithstanding any previous report, a health care practitioner shall immediately report to the commissioner the name, address, and essential facts of the case for any person known to have or suspected of having chlamydial infection, syphilis, gonorrhea, or chancroid who refuses treatment.

  • If resources are available, the commissioner may authorize specific outpatient or inpatient facilities to report cases of specific sexually transmitted diseases and clinical syndromes (in addition to those specified in the communicable disease list).
    • The diseases and clinical syndromes to be reported shall include urethritis in males, pelvic inflammatory disease, genital herpes simplex infection, ectopic pregnancy, and other sexually transmitted disease as requested by MDH.

  • Health care providers working with patients having chlamydial infection, syphilis, gonorrhea, chancroid, or HIV, including AIDS, shall tell the patients how to prevent the spread of the infection and inform them of the importance of complying with treatment instructions and of the need to have all relevant contacts promptly tested and treated for the infection.

More about syphilis

  • Syphilis
    MDH comprehensive Syphilis resource page.

Updated Friday, 06-Jan-2017 09:55:33 CST