Waterborne Illness Surveillance Statistics

Epidemiologists at the Minnesota Department of Health conduct surveillance and epidemiologic studies to track waterborne diseases and identify waterborne disease outbreaks in Minnesota.

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Waterborne Illness Outbreaks

Drinking water outbreaks

From 2004 to 2013 there were three reported drinking water illness outbreaks in Minnesota resulting in 15 known illnesses. Two outbreaks were associated with drinking water that was contaminated with copper, and one outbreak was associated with drinking well water at a campground.

Recreational water outbreaks

From 2004 to 2013 there were 44 reported recreational water illness outbreaks in Minnesota resulting in 675 known illnesses. The majority (48%) of outbreaks were caused by Cryptosporidium. Other pathogens associated with outbreaks were: E. coli O157, Legionella, norovirus, Pseudomonas and Shigella. Of these 44 waterborne outbreaks, 24 occurred at swimming pools, 11 at lakes, 6 at spa pools, 2 at splash pads, and 1 at a swimming pond.

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Disease-specific statistics

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Updated Wednesday, 30-Jul-2014 08:19:52 CDT