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State Highlights: CDC To Investigate Deadly Bacterial Infection In Boston; Minn. Health Officials Link Low Income, Diabetes

News outlets report on health issues in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Colorado.

The Boston Globe: CDC In Boston To Investigate Illness Striking Homeless
Disease-trackers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived in Boston Wednesday to study the spread of a deadly bacterial infection among homeless people. Dr. Anita Barry, director of the Infectious Disease Bureau at the Boston Public Health Commission, said the CDC is interested in the city’s experience because the federal agency is updating guidelines for handling clusters of meningococcal disease, the infection that killed two homeless people in Boston and sickened three others. (Freyer, 3/16)

Minnesota Public Radio: New Minnesota Research Links Low Income, Diabetes
Low-income adults in Minnesota are much more likely to develop diabetes than people with higher incomes, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. New research shows that 13 percent of working-age Minnesotans who earn less than $35,000 annually have diabetes. That compares to a diabetes rate of just 5 percent for earners who make more than $35,000. (Benson, 3/16)

The Associated Press: Bismarck Hospital Won't Close Inpatient Pediatric Unit
A hospital in North Dakota's capital on Wednesday rescinded its decision to close its pediatric inpatient unit, two days after the closure was announced. CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck said in a statement that the unit will remain open, but the health system will still go ahead with its plans to lay off 23 employees, reassign others and close the inpatient rehabilitation unit for adults. (3/16)

The Gazette: Monument Will Pay Methadone Provider $350,000 To Stay Out Of Town
Monument must pay a methadone provider $350,000 under a settlement that would keep the company from opening a facility there, the town's manager said Wednesday. The figure offered the first glimpse at how much taxpayers must pay to settle with Colonial Management Group - which sued Monument last year after town officials denied the company a business license and issued a moratorium on clinics opening in or around downtown. (Rodgers, 3/16)

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