Waterborne Illness Outbreaks
MDH has developed a model for investigating waterborne illness using a centralized group of epidemiologists and interviewers coordinated with the state and local environmental health departments. This approach allows us to rapidly respond to reports of outbreaks, standardize outbreak investigations, maintain a statewide database of waterborne disease, and distribute information quickly and consistently.
- Waterborne Outbreak Basics
Information about what an outbreak is and how you can find out if one is occurring.
Reporting Suspected Foodborne and Waterborne Illness
Please contact 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.
- Reporting Suspected Foodborne and Waterborne Illness
- Outbreak Detection
Outbreaks are detected in a variety of ways at the Minnesota Department of Health.
- Outbreak Investigations
Investigations usually involve coordination between epidemiologists and environmental health inspectors.