In Minnesota, American Indian and African-American babies die at twice the rate of white babies.
A turkey industry official says producers want to know how widely the virus is circulating in wild birds and blood tests would help answer that question.
Officials say 2.6 million of 15 million turkeys have been lost to avian flu, or 17 percent of birds in production.
State Fair officials will decide by early to mid-summer whether to cancel the exhibition this year amid fears that bringing exhibition birds together in one location could further spread the virus.
The quick arrival of the disease in North America has alarmed scientists. Some think wild waterfowl are spreading the virus. But others say wind may be a contributing factor.
The state is still experiencing localized outbreaks of influenza. The season typically ends in late April or May.
Minnesota's turkey hunt begins Wednesday and continues through the end of May.
Researchers suspect the new flu viruses were introduced to North America near the Bering Sea. Now that they're here, it will be hard to get rid of them.
A new state law that allows advanced nurses to practice independently has made possible a new clinic where nurses will treat minor conditions and manage patients with chronic illnesses.
HIV infection rates for Native Americans in Minnesota are nearly three times greater than they are for whites.
Minnesota's total number of pediatric flu deaths stands at eight this season. While Type A cases are tapering off, epidemiologists said, Type B flu cases are increasing.
The Legislature created, but never fully funded, a poison-control system that takes scores of calls each day. It says it needs an infusion of money to survive.
Doctors and hospitals say the change would make it easier for them to consult in other states.
Memorial Blood Centers' supply of O negative blood is dangerously low.
Victor Arden Barnard, wanted by Pine County for 59 counts of criminal sexual assault, was arrested Friday night in Rio de Janeiro.