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Medical lab technician Vonnie Blommel checks influenza testing kits Wednesday at Affiliated Community Medical Center in Willmar. The test kits, above and top, can be used for testing purposes in influenza cases detected in west central Minnesota. Tribune photos by Ron Adams

Health officials continue to urge flu prevention as outbreak monitored

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WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County health officials are continuing to urge preventive measures -- hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, staying home when ill -- to reduce the risk of H1N1 novel influenza.


Their message took on extra urgency Wednesday with the announcement of a possible H1N1 flu case in Cold Spring in neighboring Stearns County.

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