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Published October 08, 2009, 10:21 AM

N1H1 Outbreaks in Minnesota Schools Slow

The state Health Department says 125 Minnesota schools reported outbreaks of the flu in the last week of September, about 10 fewer than the week before.

The state Health Department says 125 Minnesota schools reported outbreaks of the flu in the last week of September, about 10 fewer than the week before.

The metro area again had the most reported school outbreaks, with 19 in Ramsey County, 14 in Hennepin County and 13 in Dakota County.

The Health Department defines a school outbreak as when 5 percent or more of the students are out with a flu-like illness, or three children in an elementary classroom are out.

The department released new flu statistics on Wednesday. Despite the slight downtick in school outbreaks, the flu continues to spread in the state.

As of Oct. 3,336 people have been hospitalized with confirmed cases of the swine flu - 76 of them since Sept. 1.

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