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John Stine of the Minnesota Health Department says there is no way to predict pandemic flu's impact, so his department is preparing for the worst. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Health officials prepare for flu mutation


ST PAUL -- Health officials are preparing for a pandemic flu that kills many Minnesotans.

Or a flu almost no one notices.

Or something in between.

"Anything could happen," said John Stine, assistant Minnesota Health Department commissioner. "There is no way of giving you a forecast."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.