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H1N1 flu hits four 4-H members at Fair; 120 sent home

Officials have sent 120 young 4-H members home from the State Fair after four others who’d been living with them on the fairgrounds were diagnosed with the H1N1 flu virus.
They were participating in the 4-H’s Arts-In and Ambassador programs at the

Officials have sent 120 young 4-H members home from the State Fair after four others who’d been living with them on the fairgrounds were diagnosed with the H1N1 flu virus.

They were participating in the 4-H’s Arts-In and Ambassador programs at the 4-H building and staying in a dorm far from the animal barns.

State health officials quickly noted that it’s safe for people to attend the Fair.

“It is important to point out that it is perfectly safe for people to come to the State Fair. We do want to remind people that if you are sick you should stay home,” said John Stine, assistant commissioner at Minnesota Department of Health. “It is also a good idea to wash your hands frequently and cover any coughs or sneezes.”

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Here are links to coverage in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press.