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2,000 Minnesota children to be part of national flu test; Bemidji will be one testing site

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Some 2,000 Minnesota children will be part a federal effort to test kids for exposure to a serious disease that was once nearly wiped out.

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Medical centers in Rochester, St. Cloud, Bemidji and Twin Cities will do throat swabs to screen kids ages 4 months to 5 years for Haemophilus influenza type B, also known as Hib.

Parents of children who test positive can choose to give them antibiotics to stop the disease's spread to unvaccinated children.

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