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Assistant Commissioner Craig Acomb of the Minnesota Health Department Thursday defends the first day operation of Minnesota FluLine. Many callers who thought they had the flu reported hours-long delays before nurses returned calls, if they could get through to the line at all. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Sick Minnesotans swamp FluLine

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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.

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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.
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