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FIRST CASES OF NEW INFLUENZA STRAIN REPORTED IN MINNESOTA


Tue, Aug 21st, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Minnesota has recorded its first confirmed case and a second probable case of a new influenza strain that people acquire through contact with pigs.

The two cases were reported in a pre-school-age child and an older sibling from a family living in the Twin Cities metro area. Both children developed symptoms of the illness two days after the family visited a live animal market in Dakota County on Aug. 10. Neither child required hospitalization, and both are recovering.

Both children were tested for the virus that causes the new flu strain, but only the younger child tested positive. However, the older child is considered a "probable" case, based on the child's history of flu-like illness and the family connection to the younger child. Officials at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) believe both children were most likely exposed to the new flu strain from pigs while they were at the animal market.

People usually get the new strain of flu - known as variant H3N2 (H3N2v) - from pigs rather than other people. A few cases have been reported where an individual got the illness from another person, but there was no further spread of the illness to additional people.

In addition to the Minnesota case, over 200 cases of the illness have been reported in eight states since the beginning of the year. Most have occurred in children who were exhibiting pigs at state or county fairs, or people who visited swine exhibits at fairs.

MDH officials emphasized that H3N2v does not pose any food safety risk - there is no evidence that you can get it by eating pork. The illness also tends to be relatively mild - similar in severity to recent strains of regular, seasonal flu. Hospitalization rates for H3N2v have been relatively low. They did note, however, that this year's regular seasonal flu vaccine will not protect against H3N2v.

Health officials stressed that there is no reason to discourage people from patronizing live animal markets - or visiting the upcoming State Fair, local county fairs or other venues where pigs may be present - because of concerns about H3N2v.

MDH has been working with the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and the Minnesota State Fair to address possible concerns about H3N2v, and take steps to prevent the spread of the illness. MDH has been conducting stepped-up surveillance for possible cases of H3N2v, leading directly to identification of the two cases repor .....
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Nutrition Standards for USDA School Nutrition Programs impacting menus this fall

Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Local schools, Fillmore Central, Mabel-Canton and Chatfield will be effected by the following school lunch changes. School meals across the country will take a more healthy approach this fall when new USDA requirements take effect. The National Sc ..... 
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Free blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose screening offered in Mabel

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

FCPH is partnering with Green Lea Manor and the UCare Fund to host a free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screening at the Nursing Home Health Fair scheduled for Wednesday, August 8, 2012, from 7:00 to 10:00 AM. Green Lea Manor is located a ..... 
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Raw Treats

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

I have a serious weakness for cookies, as I have probably mentioned before. I have found so many delicious recipes the past few years that I love to make and share with other people. But I really do not want to turn my oven on in this weather. And ..... 
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Carver creates art from nature

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

By: Wendy Wilson Wood chips scatter across the table like droplets of water skipping from a fountain, spilling onto the floor. Tom Severson looks at a piece of wood, envisioning it in another form. Severson, 56, an IBM retiree living in Rochester, ..... 
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An active senior, an active citizen

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Muriel Hanson of Preston, Minn. is a woman on the go. She is involved in many activities, both socially and through volunteering. When asked her age, Muriel said she is 79, and then added, “Can I be that old?!” Looking at her schedule, you would ..... 
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Health officials urge Minnesotans to take steps to prevent illness from swimming this summer

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

odies can make people sick; action steps can prevent illness As temperatures rise and Minnesotans flock to swim at their favorite beaches and pools, state health officials are reminding residents of steps they can take to help prevent recreational ..... 
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Harmony blood drive collects 50 units

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on July 2, 2012, succeeded in collecting 50 units of blood. There were 53 donors that presented and six first-time participants. Congratulations to these two donors who reached the following milestones: Marilyn D ..... 
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2012 4-H Summer Olympics Day Camp!

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Come experience the 2012 4-H Summer Olympics where kids can learn about the Olympics, compete in their own Olympic trials, build crafts, play games, and have a lot of fun! This is for anyone grades 3-4 and will be held on Wednesday, August 8th from ..... 
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