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Terri Hyduke of the Children's Physician Network says that calls to the Minnesota FluLine are returned by nurses in a matter of minutes. When it opened a month ago, waits of up to 13 hours were reported. Photo by Don Davis, St. Paul Capitol Bureau.

Better news in latest flu report

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By Don Davis

St. Paul Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's H1N1 flu outbreak continues to ease, the state Health Department reported Wednesday.

However, more Minnesotans with flu-like illnesses went to the doctor last week and five H1N1-related deaths were confirmed, bringing the state total to 26 since the outbreak began in April. Two other deaths are suspected to be swine flu related, but have not been confirmed.

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