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Health Dept. Says Flu Widespread In Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health says the flu is now widespread across Minnesota. The department reported Thursday there were 71 influenza-related hospitalizations reported last week. That’s nearly twice the number reported the week before.

01/02/2014

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Health Department: Harmful Vapor Entering SE Minneapolis Homes

Health officials said Thursday a harmful vapor is potentially entering homes and buildings in parts of Minneapolis, and it’s raising health concerns for residents. The Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency sent letters on Wednesday to residents in the Como neighborhood of southeast Minneapolis to alert them of the issue.

11/07/2013

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Good Question: Why Do We Only See The Flu In The Winter?

Minnesota’s official influenza season started in October and will last through April. It’s the same for much of the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, the months are reversed. Flu season down happens during their winter – from May through September.

10/30/2013

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MDH: Pumpkin Patch Petting Zoo Infects 3 Children With E. Coli

Three people have confirmed E. coli infections from a Minnesota pumpkin patch petting zoo, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The three cases are all children – from 15 months old to 7 years old – and one child is hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication of an E. coli infection characterized by kidney failure.

10/26/2013

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MNsure Signs Up 3,700 So Far For Health Insurance

More than 3,700 Minnesotans have signed up for health insurance coverage so far through the state’s new online exchange. The board of directors for MNsure got its first report on the enrollment on Wednesday.

10/16/2013

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With 2/3 Of CDC Furloughed, There’s No One To Study The Flu

The federal government shutdown could actually make you sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is closed, for the most part. And the experts who work on preventing and managing flu outbreaks are not doing that.

10/10/2013

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Minn. Sends Furlough Notices To 105 Workers

State officials have notified 105 Minnesota Department of Health workers that they might be laid off because of the federal government shutdown. The employees are in positions that are partially paid for by federal funds.

10/07/2013

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Good Question: When Is The Best Time To Get The Flu Shot?

All across the state, workplaces, doctors’ offices and drug stores have been offering the flu shot. For years, the Centers for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health have recommended people get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available, which is generally the middle to end of September.

09/17/2013

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MDH: 2nd Death Connected With West Nile Reported

A second person has died in connection with West Nile virus, according to the latest numbers reported by the Minnesota Department of Health. According to the newest figures, there are now 29 cases of confirmed West Nile in the state of Minnesota.

09/02/2013

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Suicide On The Rise In Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says the state’s suicide rate is inching upward. The rate rose to 12.4 per 100,000 people last year, up from 11.2 from 2011. The new rate mirrors the national average. The MDH says 684 people killed themselves in the most recent period. To put that number in perspective, Minnesota had 368 traffic-related deaths in 2011. The data shows a general upward trend apart from a short-term dip around 2009.

08/30/2013

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Minn. Health Care Costs, Cost Growth Below Average

Minnesota likes to think of itself as an innovator in health care with some of the lowest costs yet one of the healthiest populations in the country. And the state’s official health care economist says its efforts to put a lid on rising costs seem to be paying off.

08/28/2013

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Health Dept: 25 Cases Of West Nile In Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health reports that there have been 25 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in the state this year. The updated numbers include four cases where the virus was detected in blood donors.

08/20/2013

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Minn. Patient Satisfaction Survey Gives High Marks

Minnesota officials plan to announce results Wednesday from what they’re billing as the nation’s largest statewide patient experience survey. It’s a joint project of the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Community Measurement.

08/14/2013

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Health Officials Report First West Nile Death Of 2013

Officials with the Minnesota Department of Health said the first death from West Nile virus in the state for 2013 was reported Monday. Health department officials said so far this year, there have been 16 cases of the mosquito-based virus reported in Minnesota.

08/13/2013

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Minnesota Sees Obesity Drop In Low-Income Children

According to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control, Minnesota is one of 18 states that is seeing a sharp drop in obesity among low-income children. Health officials said the state’s obesity rate dropped from 13.4 percent to 12.6 percent over the last few years.

08/07/2013

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Health Concerns Closing Fair Petting Zoos

When you head to the fair, there are some guaranteed things you’ll enjoy — the food, carnival games and the livestock.

07/30/2013

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What Should You Do If Bitten By A Rabid Animal?

Dr. Joni Scheftel of the Minnesota Department of Health said that in Minnesota last year, 72 animals tested positive for rabies.

07/25/2013

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Minnesota Has First 2013 Case Of West Nile Virus

State health officials say a Murray County man has Minnesota’s first case of the West Nile virus this year. The man got sick with West Nile fever earlier this month and is recovering. The Minnesota Department of Health says West Nile virus is a potentially life-threatening disease.

07/25/2013

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Health Officials Say 3 E. Coli Cases Linked To Lake Minnetonka

State health officials said Friday at least three people have been diagnosed with E. coli from swimming near Big Island on Lake Minnetonka over the Fourth of July holiday. Health officials said the illnesses happened with young adults that were all within the seven-county Twin Cities metro.

07/19/2013

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Listeria Outbreak From Wis. Cheese Kills Minnesotan

An outbreak of Listeria linked to a Wisconsin cheese maker is being blamed for the death of one person in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the multi-state outbreak is being linked to Les Frères Cheese, made by Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Cheese In Waterloo, Wis. Two adults in Minnesota got sick in early June after eating the cheese, and one person died.

07/03/2013

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Number Of Abortions Performed In Minn. Drops Again

The number of abortions performed in Minnesota has dropped again. New figures from the Minnesota Department of Health show the number of abortions performed in Minnesota dropped from just over 11,000 in 2011 to about 10,700 in 2012, for a decrease of 370.

07/02/2013

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Tick Season Is Back In Minnesota

Memorial Day weekend has passed, which means the summer is unofficially underway. Officials said that means tick season isn’t far away, and some said ticks are already back in full force. Ticks thrive in hot, wet weather, and they can carry Lyme Disease.

05/28/2013

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New Cigarette Tax Could Means More Revenue, Less Smokers

Outside downtown office buildings, many smokers didn’t want to talk about the possibility of a tax that will push a lot of cigarettes into the $8-a-pack range. Dan Jones says the tax may be the push he needs “It’s a tax on something that you don’t need… I’m ok with it actually “Jones said. “Who knows, maybe it will finally give me the motivation I need to stop doing it.”

05/20/2013

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No Charges Filed In Elderly Neglect Investigation

A St. Louis County prosecutor says no charges are warranted following an investigation into allegations of neglect at an assisted-living facility in Chisholm.

05/08/2013

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Health Officials Proposed Immunization Changes

The Minnesota Department of Health is proposing some changes to the school immunization rules.

04/30/2013

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