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HEALTH OFFICIALS INVESTIGATE DEATH DUE TO SUSPECTED AMEBIC INFECTION


Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating the death of an elementary school aged child due to suspected primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a very rare form of meningitis caused by an amoeba associated with warm freshwater. Confirmation will be made with the assistance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The organism is known as Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba commonly found in warm freshwater and soil. It causes a very rare but severe brain infection and is nearly always fatal. The organism infects people by entering the body through the nose. Generally, this occurs when people use warm freshwater for activities such as swimming and diving.

Infections are very rare, even though Naegleria is commonly found in freshwater all over the world. While it can occur anywhere, infection with Naegleria usually occurs in warm southern states in the United States. Forty cases were reported in the United States from 2001 through 2011. The only previously confirmed case of this infection in Minnesota was reported in August of 2010.

Health officials acknowledged that the child had gone swimming at multiple locations in Washington County in the 2 weeks prior to illness onset, including Lily Lake in Stillwater. The previous Minnesota case's likely source of infection was Lily Lake; Lily Lake has been closed to swimming until further notice.

"The risk of infection from Naegleria in Minnesota is very low," said Richard Danila, Assistant State Epidemiologist. "Swimming is a very healthy summertime activity and we do not want to discourage people from swimming. Rather, simply avoid swimming, diving or other activities in obviously stagnant water when temperatures are high and water levels are low," Danila said.

Some additional precautions you can take while swimming during extremely warm periods include keeping your head out of the water, using nose clips or holding the nose shut, and avoid stirring up sediment at the bottom of shallow freshwater areas.

More information about Naegleria fowleri is available on the MDH website http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/naegleria/index.html

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota joins Partnership for Women’s Prosperity

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has joined a notable list of women’s foundations from across the country and the Walmart Foundation to launch A Partnership for Women’s Prosperity — a platform to share best practices an ..... 
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Commerce Department returns $19 million to Minnesota consumers in 2012

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – Sometimes money goes missing due to a change of address or a death in the family. That’s when the Minnesota Department of Commerce steps in to help Minnesotans find and claim what is rightfully theirs. This year alone the Commerce ..... 
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MNGOP Files Complaint with Campaign Finance Board Regarding Steve Smith's Failure to File

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

St. Paul – Today, the Republican Party of Minnesota filed a complaint against Representative Steve Smith running in House District 33B against Republican endorsed candidate, Cindy Pugh. To date, Smith has failed to file his 15th day pre-primary-ele ..... 
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WEST's Ten-Month Leadership Development Program: Leading for Impact: A Journey of Self-Discovery, Career Success and Community Contribution

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 6, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Out of its commitment to help women, WEST: Advancing Women in Science and Technology is launching a ten-month leadership program to develop women in their STEM careers as leaders so that they co ..... 
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New Michael Perry Book Features Cannon-Building Neighbor (Author of the bestselling memoirs Population: 485, Truck: A Love Story, and Coop)

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Visiting Tom: A Man, A Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace Format: Hardcover; Pages: 320; $24.99; PUBLISHER RELEASE: August 21, 2012 “Boom!” If you live in the country, it is not unusual to hear the sound of roosters or cattle. O ..... 
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Former Coleman Staffers Pen Wickedly Funny 'Capitol Hell' Novel About Life on the Hill

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Aug. 6, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Minnesota native Jayne Jones and University of Minnesota graduate Alicia Long cut their political teeth as idealistic young staffers on Capitol Hill working for Senator Norm Coleman. That eye- ..... 
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JENNIFER FORD REEDY NAMED PRESIDENT OF BUSH FOUNDATION

Mon, Jul 30th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

(SAINT PAUL, MINN., JULY 30, 2012) --The Board of Directors of the Bush Foundation announced today that Jennifer Ford Reedy will join the organization as its next president. Reedy is the current chief of staff and vice president of strategy for Minn ..... 
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12,639 unbelted motorists ticketed during Click it or Ticket campaign

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL — A statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, May 21–June 3, resulted in 12,639 motorists cited for not wearing seat belts, according to preliminary results from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office ..... 
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