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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. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Sick Minnesotans swamp state's 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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