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West Nile Cases Up in MN After Few Years’ Lull

The number of West Nile virus cases is rising in Minnesota after a four-year lull.

The Minnesota Department of Health says 18 cases have been reported in Minnesota this year, and a number of people have been hospitalized.

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Warm, Wet Spring Has Ticks Thriving

We're in the prime part of the season for Lyme Disease and with a warm and wet spring, there are even more black-legged ticks out feeding.

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Report Says STDs Reach New High in 2011

A new report from state health officials says the number of sexually transmitted diseases has climbed to a new record in Minnesota. The Department of Health says there were 19,547 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in 2011, an increase of about 1,500 from the previous year.

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Minnesota Seeing Mildest Flu Season in Years

The Minnesota Department of Health says this flu season is the mildest the state has seen in recent years.

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Winter Hazard Awareness Week Day Four: Indoor Air

As winter sets in, state health officials want you to be aware of some indoor air issues. Those issues are mold, radon and carbon monoxide.

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EPA: Test Your Home For Radon

This week is Radon Action Week and the Surgeon General is reminding you to check radon levels in your home to prevent health hazards.

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MN Confirms 1st Flu Case of Season

The flu season has officially arrived in Minnesota. Minnesota health officials have confirmed the season's first influenza case in the state. It's a 26-year-old woman from Olmsted County in southeastern Minnesota.

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Report – Rural Minnesotans Smoke More, Are Fatter

A new report suggests rural Minnesotans smoke more than people who live in the Twin Cities. They're also fatter and exercise less. And, as a result, rural Minnesotans also die more frequently from diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

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Health Care Spending Rate Falls In Minnesota

Health care spending in Minnesota rose to $36 billion in 2009, but state officials say the rate of growth fell to its lowest level in more than a decade. A new report from the Minnesota Department of Health says the recession caused the slower rate of growth as some Minnesotans lost coverage or reduced health care visits.

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Minnesota Health Officials Alarmed By STD Surge

Minnesota health officials say they're alarmed by a surge in sexually transmitted diseases. Reportable STDs in Minnesota include chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.

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