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As Anxiety Wanes, Minnesota Keeps Eyes Out For Ebola Spread

State health officials say they won’t be done watching for the spread of Ebola for at least another year. The Minnesota Department of Health is currently monitoring 47 residents who traveled from the West African countries ravaged by the deadly virus. As of Sunday, the state had cleared 216 travelers after a 21-day monitoring period. No cases have been confirmed in Minnesota.

01/14/2015

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Minnesota Hotline Set Up For Ebola Questions

The state Health Department has set up a hotline to answer Minnesotans’ questions about Ebola and precautions against the disease. The line will be staffed during regular business hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

10/21/2014

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MN Doctor: U.S. Response To Ebola ‘Woefully Inadequate’

A Minnesota expert on infectious diseases is criticizing the handling of the Ebola outbreak. A symposium on the Ebola crisis was held today at Johns Hopkins in Maryland.

10/14/2014

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With Flu Season On The Way, Minn. Preparing For Ebola, Too

A nurse is now a patient after becoming the first person to catch the Ebola virus in the United States. Here in the Twin Cities, hospitals have precautions in place in case the Ebola virus spreads to Minnesota.

10/12/2014

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Regions Hospital ‘Prepared’ To Respond To Ebola Threat

The threat of Ebola in the United States has hospitals in the Twin Cities making sure they’re prepared for a potential case here. Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. began making an Ebola plan right after they heard about the outbreak in West Africa this summer.

10/01/2014

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‘U’ Professor: Ebola Outbreak Could Be Largest Ever

A nationally renowned bio-security expert says the recent cases of the Ebola virus may turn into the largest outbreak we’ve ever seen. Dr. Michael Ostherholm is the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, as well as a professor at the University of Minnesota.

09/25/2014

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CDC: Severe Respiratory Illness Now In 22 States

Health officials say 22 states now have confirmed cases of an unusual respiratory illness in children. An uncommon virus — enterovirus 68 — is causing the illnesses.

09/19/2014

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Enterovirus 68 Confirmed In Minnesota Child

The Minnesota Department of Health says they have a identified a case of enterovirus 68 in a child who was hospitalized with acute respiratory symptoms.

09/17/2014

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Pope Co. Woman Is State’s 1st West Nile Case Of 2014

A Pope County woman has become Minnesota’s first confirmed case of West Nile virus this season. She was diagnosed with the virus on Aug. 2, according to David Nietzel with the Minnesota Department of Health. He says most often people can have it and not know it.

08/22/2014

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The MERS Outbreak: Is The Government Doing Enough?

The CDC and WHO claim they are hard at work tracking 100 people that may have come in contact with the deadly MERS virus.

05/16/2014

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Horse Virus Cases Showing Up In Upper Midwest

State officials in the Upper Midwest are cautioning horse owners about a virus that spreads easily among the animals and can lead to breathing problems, abortions and nervous system disorders.

04/18/2014

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4 Dead Amid Norovirus Outbreak At Veterans Home

Authorities are investigating an outbreak of norovirus at the Minnesota Veterans Home that may have been connected to four deaths last weekend. As of this point, officials said that there has been only one hospitalization they have confirmed to be connected with the outbreak.

03/13/2014

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Virus Kills 7,000 Minn. Pigs

An illness that only affects pigs is making its way across the Midwest, including here in Minnesota. The Porcine Epidemic Virus (P.E.D.) killed more than 7,000 pigs at a facility near Good Thunder last December. Pork producers say newborn piglets are most susceptible, and it’s always fatal. The virus’ devastation cost the facility about $500,000.

02/01/2014

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Minn. Supreme Court Sides With HIV-Positive Man

The Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected a prosecutor’s effort to reinstate the conviction of an HIV-positive man accused of passing the virus to another man.

08/21/2013

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2 More Deaths, 226 People In Hospital Due To Flu

Two more people have died and another 226 have been sent to the hospital in Minnesota due to influenza, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

01/03/2013

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Malware To Maul Your Internet Monday

If you heard Julio Ojeda Zapata, tech writer for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, this morning with Jordana Green, he shared with us what to do if we are hit Monday by the DNSChanger malware. […]

07/07/2012

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Cottage Grove Residents Warned About Sick Raccoons

After police received numerous complaints of sick raccoons, Cottage Grove residents are being warned to take precautions with their children and pets.

09/29/2011

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Wis. Humane Society Suspends Dog Adoptions

The Wisconsin Humane Society has temporarily suspended dog adoptions after discovering a puppy has a potentially deadly virus.

09/28/2011

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DNR: Virus Caused Minnehaha Carp Kill

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said a virus is to blame for the killing of 200-300 Minnehaha Creek carp in June.

08/15/2011

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Summer Colds Could Be Worse Than Winter Ones

When you think of a bad cold, most think of it happening during the winter. But a summer cold may actually be worse for you to deal with.

07/06/2011

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1st Death Recorded From Tick-Borne Infection

A Northern Minnesota woman has died from a brain infection due to Powassan virus, marking the state’s first death from the tick-borne disease.

06/29/2011

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Study: Half Of U.S. Men Have H.P.V.

A study released tonight said that half the men in the U.S. could be infected with the most common sexually transmitted virus.

02/28/2011

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MDH: Flu Outbreak Is Widespread Right Now

The flu is now officially considered widespread across Minnesota, according to the Department of Health.

02/17/2011