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Published July 09, 2009, 12:00 AM

Two more Minnesota deaths linked with swine flu

MINNEAPOLIS — Two more deaths linked with the swine flu virus are reported in Minnesota, raising the total to three.

MINNEAPOLIS — Two more deaths linked with the swine flu virus are reported in Minnesota, raising the total to three.

The state Department of Health said Wednesday that an elderly person and a child, both from the Twin Cities area, were the latest victims.

Officials said the elderly patient had underlying medical problems and was hospitalized, while the child had an extensive bacterial infection in addition to the virus.

Another child from the Twin Cities area died from swine flu last month. Officials said in that case the victim had multiple medical conditions before falling ill.

Health officials urged state residents to assume the virus is still

circulating and be diligent about taking precautions to avoid

contracting or spreading the illness.

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