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Infectious diseases

Epidemiology updates

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.

Infectious diseases in childcare settings and schools manual

This resource contains technical and parent fact sheets about a variety of infectious diseases, as well as information for disease prevention and control. Information is intended for parents, childcare providers, and school health staff.

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

Varicella

Epidemiology update, March 2013

Varicella Epidemiology Update (PDF)

This Epidemiology Update on varicella highlights the new reporting requirements and disease data in Hennepin County residents.

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

2015 year-end report

Reportable diseases (selected) for Hennepin County – 2015 year-end report, epidemiology update – supplement (PDF)

This is the 2015 summary of selected reportable diseases for Hennepin County. The Hennepin County data is obtained from the reportable disease surveillance data collected by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

2010 year-end report, December 2011

Reportable diseases (selected) for Hennepin County – 2010 year-end report, epidemiology update – supplement (PDF)

This is the 2010 summary of selected reportable diseases for Hennepin County. The Hennepin County data is obtained from the reportable disease surveillance data collected by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Previous reports

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

Previous years

Reportable diseases (selected) for Hennepin County year-end reports are available for years prior to 2006 by request. Please email epi-envhlth@hennepin.us 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

Hennepin County HIV outbreak

In February 2020, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) declared an HIV outbreak in Hennepin and Ramsey counties. The outbreak is concentrated among people who inject drugs, most of whom are experiencing homelessness or are unstably housed.

Since March 2020, Hennepin County has operated an incident command system (ICS) to respond to the outbreak. This ICS continues to work in the community, conducting outreach to homeless encampments, including testing and treatment. The county is also holding regular meetings with it's partners to enhance coordination.

Case characteristics for the HIV outbreak

HIV outbreak in persons who inject drugs (PWID): Supplement to MDH health advisory

 

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. This 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.

This sixth edition of this manual contains:

  • 47 fact sheets specifically for parents/guardians of childcare and school-aged children. Each of these are labeled "Parent Fact Sheet."
  • 54 technical fact sheets for providers about specific infectious disease problems. Each of these are labeled "Technical Fact Sheet."

Some technical fact pages indicate when immediate action is necessary. Please note that the provider must consult with the local or state health department on the fact sheets labeled "Reportable."

Infectious diseases in childcare settings and schools manual

The "Infectious Diseases in Childcare Settings and Schools" manual now is maintained on our web site. This allows us to have more frequent updates and provide you with the most current information available on infectious diseases.

Table of contents

Section 1 – Guidelines: staff and children

Section 2 – Guidelines: environment

Section 3 – Guidelines: prevention and control

Section 4 – Communicable disease reporting

Section 5 – Communicable disease control and management

Section 6 – Communicable disease fact sheets

Section 7 – Health care provider evaluation form (PDF)

Section 8 – Immunization resource (PDF)

Section 9 – Minnesota laws related to childcare/schools (PDF)

Section 10 – Emergency preparedness (PDF)

Section 11 – Glossary (PDF)

Section 12 - References (Update coming soon)

Section 1 – Guidelines: staff and children

Exclusion of Ill Persons

Communicable Disease Concerns for Pregnant Women

Human Biting Incidents

Section 2 – Guidelines: environment

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting

Diapering

Food Safety in Childcare Settings and Schools

Pets in Childcare Settings and Schools

Wading Pools

Section 3 – Guidelines: prevention and control

Covering Your Cough

Gloving

Handwashing

Infection Control Guidelines

Misuse of Antibiotics

Safe Handling of Breast Milk

Section 4 – Communicable disease reporting

Communicable Disease Reporting

General information about communicable disease reporting (PDF)

Information includes:

  • 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

General information about communicable disease control and management (PDF)

Information includes:

  • 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)

Section 6 – Communicable disease fact sheets

How and when to use fact sheets (PDF)

Bed bugs

Bronchitis, Acute (chest cold/bronchiolitis)

Campylobacteriosis

Chest cold (see bronchitis, acute/bronchiolitis)

Chickenpox (varicella)

Conjunctivitis (pinkeye)

COVID-19

Croup

Cryptosporidiosis

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection

Diarrhea (infectious)

E. coli O157:H7 infection and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)

Enteroviral infection

Fifth disease

Giardiasis

H1N1 influenza (see influenza)

Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) disease

Hand, foot, and mouth disease

Head lice

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B

  • If you have a concern about hepatitis B, please contact Epidemiology at 612-543-5230.

Hepatitis C

  • If you have a concern about hepatitis C, please contact Epidemiology at 612-543-5230.

Herpes gladiatorum

Herpes, oral

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection/AIDS

  • If you have a concern about HIV, please contact Epidemiology at 612-543-5230.

Impetigo

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

Lice (see head lice)

Measles

Meningococcal disease

Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Molluscum contagiosum

Mononucleosis

MRSA (see methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus)

Mumps

Norovirus

Parapertussis

Pertussis (whooping cough)

Pinworms

Pneumococcal infection

Pneumonia

Respiratory infection (viral)

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection

Ringworm

Roseola

Rotaviral infection

Rubella (German measles)

Salmonellosis

Scabies

Shigellosis

Shingles (zoster)

Staph skin infection

Streptococcal infection (strep throat/scarlet fever) – updated October 2018

Streptococcus pneumoniae (see pneumococcal infection)

Tuberculosis

  • If you have a concern about tuberculosis, please contact Epidemiology at 612-543-5230.

Viral meningitis

Warts

Yeast infection (candidiasis)

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