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The latest on the H1N1 Influenza virus

IOWA/MINNESOTA (KTTC-TV) -- The number of H1N1 Influenza A cases is constantly changing.

As of Friday, there were three probable cases in Iowa.

Now folks can use Twitter to stay updated on the status of the illness.

The Iowa Department of Public Health began using the free social messaging website this weekend.

Anyone interested in viewing the Twitter page can go to its home page and search "IA Public Health".

In Minnesota, the number of H1N1 cases rises again.

Late Friday, health officials announced they are fowarding seven lab samples to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be tested for the virus.

The Minnesota Department of Health is calling these cases 'probable'.

All seven people did not require hospitalization, and are at home recovering.

To date, there has been only one confirmed H1N1 case in Minnesota.

The CDC says the flu is spreading in this country and is reporting 160 confirmed cases now in 21 states.

The CDC also reports about a third of the people in this country who have the H1N1 virus had a connection to Mexico.

Bishop Bernard Harrington of the Winona Diocese shared this message in response to the virus:

"I would like to assure all Catholics that the celebration of daily mass in all parishes will continue. As in the past, we remind people to be thoughtful of symptoms they may have."

Bishop Harrington also recommends anyone with a cold not receive from the cup during communion.

Hospitality ministers will also sanitize church door knobs.

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