A public health emergency is anything that causes, or could cause, injuries or illness to a large number of people. Please use the following guidelines to determine how to respond. If this is an emergency, call 911.
Minnesota Department of Health Emergency Operations "After Hours" Number
Natural or Man-Made Emergencies
To address immediate Pesticide Exposure concerns and related complaints,
First: Any individual who believes they may have been exposed to harmful levels of pesticides should seek immediate medical attention.
Second: Call the Poison Control Center at #800-222-1222 for help with emergency first aid information.
Third: Individuals should report exposure or drift concerns to the Minnesota Duty Officer at #800-422-0798 (24 hours-a-day/7 days-a-week) or Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) complaint line at #651-201-6333 (Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm)
Fourth: Assistance with and information about acute or immediate pesticide exposure concerns, as well as chronic exposure concerns, can also be obtained from the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) at #800-858-7378. The Center is staffed from 9am to 1pm (Central Time), Monday through Friday to assist with exposure and illness reporting, and to provide assistance related to the toxicology and symptomology of certain pesticide products.
And... For potential human or animal exposure MDA will contact the applicator to try to collect detailed information on the actual pesticide used for a potential exposure as soon as possible, and provide that information to the physician or the veterinarian as they relate to a course of diagnosis, or the care or treatment of a patient. The physician or veterinarian should call the MN Duty Officer at #800-422-0798 (24 hours-a-day/7 days-a-week) or MDA Complaint Line at #651-201-6333 (Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm) or submit to the MDA a request form available by clicking here. The MDA, working with the Minnesota Department of Health, is committed to providing all available information as soon as possible.
Physical Contact with a Bat
If you find a bat in your home, capture it. Wait until regular business hours to call the Minnesota Department of Health for advice at #651-201-5414.
Visit the MDH website for more information: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/rabies/risk/humanbat.html