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Reporting E. Coli - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Reporting Enteric Escherichia Coli Infection

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What to report
How to report
Submitting clinical materials
Who is required to report

What to report

Enteric Escherichia coli infection (all E. coli infections that cause enteric/intestinal symptoms, such as diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, nausea, and vomiting; including: E. coli O157:H7, other Shiga toxin-producing (enterohemorrhagic) E. coli, enteropathogenic E. coli, enteroinvasive E. coli, enteroaggregative E. coli, enterotoxigenic E. coli, or other pathogenic E. coli) must be reported to MDH within one working day.

Case definition

How to report enteric Escherichia coli infection

Other reporting: reporting suspected foodborne and waterborne illness

  • Foodborne and Waterborne Illness Hotline
    MDH's foodborne and waterborne illness hotline may be used by anyone to report a suspected case of foodborne or waterborne illness.
    Your call to the hotline helps us identify foodborne and waterborne illness outbreaks in Minnesota and will help prevent the spread of illness to others.

Submitting clinical materials

For enteric Escherichia coli infection, submission of clinical materials (isolate, if available) to MDH is required by rule.

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.

see also>> Reporting Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

Updated Friday, 30-Sep-2022 11:29:14 CDT