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Craig Acomb of the Minnesota Health Department on Thursday defends the first day of operation for Minnesota FluLine. Many callers who thought they had the flu reported lengthy delays be-fore nurses returned calls. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Minnesotans swamp state's new help line for those with flu symptoms

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ST. PAUL -- Health officials are scrambling to expand a hotline for Minnesotans suffering from the flu after callers to the new service reported the telephone went unanswered, they received busy signals and there were hours-long waits before nurses called back.


More than 100 calls poured into the Minnesota FluLine each of the first few hours it operated.

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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.