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.

Related Topics

  • 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.

Updated Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 10:18AM