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Minnesota State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield says that while the Twin Cities area has suffered the most pandemic flu cases so far, any part of the state may be hit in the next wave this fall. (Don Davis/St. Paul Bureau)

Minnesotans advised to be ready for flu

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ST. PAUL - So far, Minnesota pandemic flu cases have centered on the Twin Cities, they typically have affected younger people, and most cases have not been severe.

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But state health officials warn that the H1N1 "swine" flu outbreak expected this fall may be different and anyone could be affected.

"We want the citizens to be motivated, but not frantic ..." Health Commissioner Dr. Sanne Magnan said. "We want them to be prepared, but not panicked."

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