Causes and Symptoms of Waterborne Illness

Waterborne illness is caused by recreational or drinking water contaminated by disease-causing microbes or pathogens. Of note, many waterborne pathogens can also be acquired by consuming contaminated food or beverages, from contact with animals or their environment, or through person-to-person spread.

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Fact Sheet
Symptoms of Waterborne Illness
Causes of Waterborne Illness

Fact Sheet

Symptoms of Waterborne Illness

  • Waterborne illnesses can cause a variety of symptoms. While diarrhea and vomiting are the most commonly reported symptoms of waterborne illness, other symptoms can include skin, ear, respiratory, or eye problems.

Causes of Waterborne Illness

Commonly recognized waterborne infections are:

Do you suspect you have a waterborne illness?
Please report your suspected waterborne illness to the Minnesota Department of Health.


For additional information on waterborne illness

Updated Tuesday, September 02, 2014 at 03:12PM