Reporting Zoster (Shingles)
What to report
Zoster (shingles) must be reported to MDH within one working day.
- Report the following instances:
- any incidence in individuals <18 years old
- disseminated disease or complications other than post-herpetic neuralgia, such as visceral, CNS, or severe ocular involvement, irrespective of age
How to report zoster disease
- Yellow Disease Report Card
This disease may be reported using the MDH "Yellow Card."
Any reportable infectious disease may be reported by phone to 651-201-5414 or 877-676-5414.
Other reporting: schools and child care
- Chickenpox and Shingles Case Report Form for Minnesota Schools (PDF)
School data will help MDH determine trends, duration, and transmission patterns, and any association between cases and immunization or disease history. Schools are to report all cases of chickenpox in students and staff and all cases of shingles in students.
- Varicella (Chickenpox) and Zoster (Shingles) Case Report Form for Minnesota Child Care Centers and Homes (PDF)
Form for child care centers and homes to report cases of chickenpox or shingles in children and staff.
Submitting clinical materials
For zoster disease, submission of clinical materials (isolate, if available) to MDH is required by rule.
- Clinical Materials
Clinical materials must be submitted according to these guidelines.
Who is required to report
- Health care practitioners (health care facilities, medical laboratories, and in certain circumstances veterinarians and veterinary medical laboratories) are required to report disease to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) under Minnesota state law.
- Unless previously reported, every licensed health care provider who provides care to any patient who has, is suspected of having, or has died from a reportable disease is required to report.
- Any person in charge of any institution, school, child care facility, or camp is also required to report disease to MDH.