Infectious diseases

Resources and information about diseases for parents, school health staff, daycare or childcare providers, community partners, and healthcare providers.

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Epidemiology updates

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Epidemiology Update is a quarterly report that profiles disease occurrence in Hennepin County.

The county produces a series of reports that highlight the occurrence of specific reportable diseases, documents trends over time, and provides information about changes in reporting requirements and infection prevention strategies. These publications are intended for community partners, schools and childcare providers, healthcare providers, and residents.


Epidemiology Update, March 2013

Hepatitis A

Epidemiology Update, December 2011

  • Hepatitis A Epidemiology Update (PDF) - This Epidemiology Update on hepatitis A highlights the occurrence of the acute symptomatic hepatitis A disease in Hennepin County residents from 2000-2010.

Reportable diseases for Hennepin County

2010 Year-end Report, December 2011

Previous reports

Previous years

Reportable diseases (selected) for Hennepin County Year-end Reports are available for years prior to 2006 by request. Please email or call 612-543-5230 to request these reports or to inquire about other topics, such as:

  • Asthma-related hospitalizations
  • Foodborne outbreak investigations
  • Gastrointestinal outbreaks in childcare settings
  • Health Alert Network (HAN)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Lead
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Radon

Infectious Diseases in Childcare Settings and Schools Manual

The Infectious Diseases in Childcare Settings and Schools Manual informs administrators, childcare providers, caregivers, parents and guardians, and school health staff about specific infectious disease problems they may encounter in the childcare setting or in schools.

The manual is designed to provide specific disease prevention and control guidelines which are consistent with the national standards put forth by the American Public Health Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is prepared by Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department - Epidemiology, with funding support provided by the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support.

Download the entire infectious diseases manual with fact sheets (PDF)

Manual sections excluding fact sheets

Section 1 - Guidelines: Staff and Children

  1. Exclusion of Ill Persons
    • General (PDF)
    • Childcare/Preschool (PDF)
    • Schools (PDF)
  2. Communicable Disease Concerns for Pregnant Women (PDF)
  3. Human Biting Incidents (PDF)

Section 2& - Guidelines: Environment

  1. Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfection (PDF)
    • How to Mix Bleach Solutions (PDF)
    • Cleaning/Sanitizing/Disinfecting Guidelines for Specific Items/Areas (PDF)
    • Checklist for Choosing a Disinfectant Other Than Bleach (PDF)
    • Comparison of Bleach to Quaternary Ammonia Products (PDF)
  2. Diapering (PDF)
    • Diapering Procedures (PDF)
    • Changing Pull-ups/Toilet Learning Procedure (PDF)
  3. Food Safety in Childcare Settings and Schools (PDF)
  4. Pets in Childcare Settings and Schools (PDF)
  5. Wading Pools (PDF)

Section 3 - Guidelines: Prevention and Control

  1. Covering Your Cough (PDF)
  2. Gloving (PDF)
  3. Handwashing (PDF)
    • Procedures (PDF)
    • How to Diagram (PDF)
  4. Infection Control Guidelines (PDF)
    • Infection Control Recommendations for School Athletic Programs (PDF)
  5. Misuse of Antibiotics (PDF)
  6. Safe Handling of Breast Milk (PDF)

Section 4 - Communicable Disease Reporting

  1. Communicable Disease Reporting (PDF), including
    • Minnesota Reporting Rule
    • Reports from Parents/Guardians or Staff
    • Reports to Local/State Health Department
    • Local/State Health Department Disease
    • Prevention and Control Resources in Minnesota

Section 5 - Communicable Disease Control and Management

  1. Communicable Disease Control and Management (PDF), including
    • Control and Management of Exposures and Outbreaks
    • Reports to Local/State Health Departments
    • Notification of Parents/Guardians and Childcare or School Staff
    • Sample Line List (PDF)

Infectious diseases fact sheets from manual

Read about how and when to use fact sheets (PDF).

Bed Bugs

Bronchitis, Acute (Chest Cold/Bronchiolitis)


Chest Cold (see Bronchitis, Acute/Bronchiolitis)

Chickenpox (Varicella)

Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)



Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection

Diarrhea (Infectious)

E. coli O157:H7 Infection and Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS)

Enteroviral Infection

Fifth Disease


H1N1 Influenza (see Influenza)

Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib) Disease

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

Head Lice

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B

  • Technical Fact Sheet (PDF)

Hepatitis C

  • Technical Fact Sheet (PDF)

Herpes Gladiatorum

Herpes, Oral

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection/AIDS


Influenza - seasonal influenza, H1N1 novel influenza (formerly called swine flu), and influenza-like illness (ILI)

LaCrosse Encephalitis

  • Technical Fact Sheet (PDF)

Lice (see Head Lice)

Lyme Disease

  • Technical Fact Sheet (PDF)


Meningococcal Disease

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Molluscum Contagiosum


MRSA (see Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus)




Pertussis (Whooping Cough)


Pneumococcal Infection


Respiratory Infection (Viral)

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection



Rotaviral Infection

Rubella (German Measles)




Shingles (Zoster)

Staph Skin Infection

Streptococcal Infection (strep throat/scarlet fever)

Streptococcus pneumoniae (see Pneumococcal Infection)


Viral Meningitis


Yeast Infection (Candidiasis)

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