Reporting Unexplained Deaths
and Unexplained Critical Illnesses
What to report
Unexplained deaths and unexplained critical illnesses (possibly due to infectious cause) in a previously healthy person must be reported to MDH within one working day.
- "Critical illness” is defined to mean “the condition of a person who is hospitalized in an intensive care unit or who is critically ill in the judgment of a licensed health care provider.”
How to report unexplained deaths and critical illness
Please call 651-201-5414 to report unexplained deaths and critical illness.
Submitting clinical materials
For unexplained deaths and critical illness, submission of clinical materials (isolate, if available) to MDH is required upon request.
- 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.
- An unexplained death or unexplained critical illness in a previously healthy individual which that may be caused by an infectious agent shall be reported by the attending physician health care practitioner, medical examiner or coroner, or by the person having knowledge about the death or illness.
More about unexplained deaths and critical illness
Deaths and Critical Illness
More information about the MDH Unexplained Deaths and Critical Illness project from the MDH comprehensive unexplained deaths and critical illness website.