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Jo DeBruycker makes a point Thursday during a meeting at Skylark Center in Willmar on how businesses can prepare for a flu outbreak. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Businesses urged to be prepared for influenza


WILLMAR -- The phones in the occupational health department at Affiliated Community Medical Centers have been ringing like never before.

Department manager Kris Gulbrandsen and her staff have been fielding tons of questions from employers about the H1N1 novel influenza virus.

What symptoms should employees be on the lookout for? How long should sick employees stay home? What can workplaces do to reduce the risk of spreading germs?

"It's the unknown," Gulbrandsen said.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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