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 2006 to 2015 there was onereported drinking water illness outbreak in Minnesota resulting in 6 known illnesses. The outbreak of giardiasis was associated wsith drinking well water at a campground.

Recreational water outbreaks

From 2006 to 2015 there were 42 reported recreational water illness outbreaks in Minnesota resulting in 691 known illnesses. The largest proportion (52%) of outbreaks were caused by Cryptosporidium. Other agents associated with outbreaks were: E. coli O157, Legionella, norovirus, Pseudomonas, and chemicals. Of these 42 waterborne outbreaks, the most common type of illness experienced was acute gastrointestinal illness, reported in 29 (69%) outbreaks, followed by dermatitis reported in 8 (19%) outbreaks and acute respiratory illness reported in 5 (12%) outbreaks. Outbreaks occurred in a variety of settings; 25 occurred at swimming pools, 9 at lakes and rivers, 5 at spa pools, 2 at splash pads, and 1 at a swimming pond.

Other water outbreaks

From 2006 to 2015 there were three reported outbreaks in Minnesota associated with other types of water resulting in 10 known illnesses. Two were outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease; one outbreak was associated with exposure to a decorative water wall in a casino, and the other was associated with exposure to a drinking water distribution system in a restaurant. The third was an outbreak of giardiasis associated with drinking surface water along a hiking trail.

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Updated Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 10:44AM