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.
- Causes and Symptoms of Waterborne Illness
Symptoms and causes of recreational water illness and links to disease-specific information.
- Waterborne Illness Surveillance Statistics
Summary surveillance statistics for outbreaks and selected diseases.
- Waterborne Outbreaks
Information about waterborne illness outbreaks, including detection and investigation in Minnesota.
Outbreak Basics | Reporting Suspected Illness | Outbreak Detection | Outbreak Investigations
Health Care Professional Information on Waterborne Illness
Clinical information and required reporting information.
- Reporting Suspected Foodborne and Waterborne Illness
Please call the Minnesota Department of Health if you suspect you have a foodborne or waterborne illness. MDH will relay the necessary information to the appropriate local health authorities.
- Minnesota WAVE Study
MDH is conducting the Minnesota Water and Virus Evaluation (WAVE) Study to help determine if there is a link between drinking water and germs (like viruses) that might make people sick.