The commissioner may select an infectious disease or syndrome for sentinel surveillance, other than a disease or syndrome for which general reporting is required under this chapter, if the commissioner determines that sentinel surveillance will provide adequate data for epidemiological purposes and the surveillance is necessary for:
characterization of the pathogen;
monitoring vaccine effectiveness; or
achieving other significant public health purposes for a disease or syndrome that can cause serious morbidity or mortality.
The commissioner shall select, after consultation with the sites, sentinel surveillance sites that have epidemiological significance to each disease or syndrome selected under subpart 1. In selecting the sites, the commissioner shall consider:
the potential number of cases at the site;
the geographic distribution of cases or potential cases in Minnesota, if indicated by the epidemiology of the disease or syndrome;
the epidemiology of the disease or syndrome; and
the overall impact of sentinel surveillance on a site and the benefit to public health in conducting sentinel surveillance at the site.
The commissioner shall remove a disease or syndrome from sentinel surveillance under this part if the commissioner determines that the disease or syndrome no longer meets the criteria in subpart 1.
The commissioner shall provide a description, in writing, to sentinel surveillance sites of a specific, planned mechanism for surveillance of the disease or syndrome, including the rationale for site selection, a time frame for reporting, and protocols for the submission of test results and clinical materials from cases and suspected cases to the Minnesota Department of Health, Public Health Laboratory.
September 15, 2005
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