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(Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex)
What to report
Pulmonary or extrapulmonary sites of Tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex), including laboratory confirmed or clinically diagnosed tuberculosis disease, must be reported to MDH within one working day.
See TB Disease Case Definitions for the following information:
- Laboratory Case Definition
- Clinical Tuberculosis Case Definition
- Tuberculosis Suspect Definition
- Latent tuberculosis infection is not reportable.
How to report tuberculosis
MDH requests that tuberculosis cases be reported by phone or fax (i.e., not by mail) to help ensure timely public health follow-up measures.
Any reportable infectious disease may be reported by phone to 651-201-5414 or 877-676-5414.
- Yellow Disease Report Card
This disease may be reported using the MDH "Yellow Card."
Tuberculosis reports should be faxed to 1-800-296-0993.
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.
Submitting clinical materials
For tuberculosis, submission of clinical materials (isolate, if available) to MDH is required by rule.
- Clinical Materials
Clinical materials must be submitted according to these guidelines.