UPDATE 1-Minnesotans in contact with avian flu birds getting preventative drugs

April 23, 2015 9:06 PM

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CHICAGO, April 23 (Reuters) - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency on Thursday in response of the fast-spreading avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the United States.

State health officials also said the state has been expediting prescriptions for the antiviral drug Tamiflu, for farm workers and others who have been in direct contact with infected flocks in Minnesota.

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