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Health officials are paying close attention to pigs and people at the Minnesota State Fair for any signs of swine flu. A strain of swine flu swept through fairs last summer, sickening over 300 people in a dozen states including Minnesota.
Minnesota’s first human case this season of West Nile virus was reported Thursday. State health officials said the man, from Murray County in southwest Minnesota, became ill with West Nile fever earlier this month and is recovering.
Minnesota health officials say the number of HIV cases reported to the state increased 8 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year. The Department of Health says 315 new cases of the virus that causes AIDS were reported last year, compared to 292 new cases in 2011.
Health officials say the worst of the flu season is likely over in Minnesota.
Kris Ehresmann, the state Health Department's infectious disease director, said Thursday the illness has peaked in Minnesota.
Hospitals in the northern Red River Valley have reacted differently to this year’s unusually virulent flu season. At Altru Health System in Grand Forks, there are no restrictions on who can visit patients, but the hospital asks that visitors use their best judgment, according to officials there.
From the Rocky Mountains to New England, hospitals are swamped with people with flu symptoms. Some medical centers are turning away visitors or making them wear face masks, and one Pennsylvania hospital set up a tent outside its ER to deal with the feverish patients.
Six people have died of flu-related illnesses so far this season at Duluth hospitals, representatives said on Thursday. Reports of the Duluth deaths occurred on the same day the state Department of Health reported a total of 27 deaths statewide as of Saturday.
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