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Minnesota's first case of culture-confirmed influenza reported today

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Minnesota has recorded its first culture-confirmed case of influenza for the 2008-09 season in a 39-year-old man from Chisago County.

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The man's illness was caused by the A (H1) strain of the virus, the Minnesota Department of Health reported today. The virus is a good match for this year's vaccine, state health officials said.

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