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Seven more die from flu

ST. PAUL -- State health officials determined last week that seven Minnesotans had died of the flu, and they are older than many other cases.

The H1N1 flu, blamed for at least six of the deaths, claimed people from their 30s to someone in their 80s; H1N1 normally hits young people and pregnant women harder than older people, who are more susceptible to the seasonal flu.

With the newly confirmed deaths, 21 Minnesotans have died of H1N1. Two others died of flu-like illnesses that could not be positively blamed on H1N1, but officials say the seasonal flu has yet to take hold in the state.

The number of schools reporting flu-like outbreaks last week fell to 40 from 137 the week before. Also, no nursing home outbreaks were reported and the number of flu-like illnesses to clinics.

Since the outbreak was first identified in Minnesota early this year, 1,521 H1N1 cases have been confirmed. However, in general only people hospitalized are tested and health officials say many more have contracted H1N1.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.