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.
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.
Charts, graphs, and maps
- Waterborne Illness Outbreak Statistics: 2004-2013 (PDF: 168 KB/1 page)
Map showing the location of reported recreational waterborne illness outbreaks in Minnesota by county and chart showing the number of recreational waterborne illness outbreaks by type of illness.
Control Newsletter Annual Summaries
Annual summaries of surveillance data for diseases and conditions reportable to the Minnesota Department of Health.
of Gastroenteritis Outbreaks in Minnesota
Summary of gastroenteritis outbreaks in Minnesota that is published each year. Outbreaks summarized include those from food, water, animal contact, and person-to-person transmission.