Reporting Varicella (chickenpox)
What to report
Varicella (chickenpox) must be reported to MDH within one working day.
How to report varicella disease
- Varicella Reporting Form
This form can be used to report varicella (chickenpox) to the Minnesota Department of Health.
Any reportable infectious disease may be reported by phone to 651-201-5414 or 877-676-5414.
Other reporting: schools and childcare
- Reporting Form for Chickenpox and Shingles Cases in Schools
School data will help MDH determine trends, duration, and transmission patterns, and any association between cases and immunization or disease history. Schools are to report all cases of chickenpox in students and staff and all cases of shingles in students.
- Varicella (Chickenpox) and Zoster (Shingles) Information for Child Care Providers
Information, including how to report, specific to child care providers in centers and homes.
Submitting clinical materials
For varicella, 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 varicella
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
MDH comprehensive varicella resource page.