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Minnesota Health Officials Report Flu Surge

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Minnesota health officials are reporting a surge in flu outbreaks at schools and long-term care facilities.
    
Through the end of last week, 203 new schools reported outbreaks, compared with 19 the previous week. That raised the number of Minnesota schools reporting outbreaks this season to 271.
    

Mendota Heights School to Close Early Because of Flu

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A private school in Mendota Heights is starting its Christmas break early while it deal with a flu outbreak.

Visitation School and Convent originally planned to have school Thursday and Friday. It will close those days. The school Wednesday had said students who displayed influenza-like symptoms would have to stay home for at least five days.

Minnesota Counties to Begin Processing MNsure Applications

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Minnesota counties are gearing up to begin processing thousands of paper applications for the state's online health insurance exchange next month.
    

Fairview Hospitals' Cafeterias Get Healthier

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Cafeterias at a Minnesota hospital chain will be getting healthier.

Fairview Health Services is expected to announce its new menu Monday. Company officials say the menu is getting rid of the deep-fat fryers at hospitals throughout the state.

Ebola Screening Urged for MSP Airport

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Minnesota's governor and U.S. senators are asking the federal government to screen passengers for Ebola when they arrive at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport.
    

Minn. Hospitals Prepared to Handle Ebola Cases

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Minnesota hospitals are among those around the country making sure they are prepared to handle any potential cases of Ebola.
    

Fairview Hospitals Screen Visitors for Flu

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Fairview Health Services is temporarily changing its visitor's policy at its seven hospitals because of widespread flu in Minnesota.