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Published January 13, 2012, 05:08 PM

North Dakota Has Quiet Flu Season So Far

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — It's been a quiet season for the flu in North Dakota, and a state official says the mild winter might be a reason.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — It's been a quiet season for the flu in North Dakota, and a state official says the mild winter might be a reason.

Only a dozen cases of the flu have been documented in the state so far this winter. That compares with more than 300 at the same time last year.

Lindsey VanderBusch at the state Health Department tells The Dickinson Press (http://bit.ly/Au3bX3) that North Dakota is the only state with lower-than-average flu numbers. She says the reason isn't clear but that "one of the most beautiful winters" North Dakota has seen for years might be a contributing factor. She says people are getting away from indoor areas where illnesses can quickly spread.

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