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Additional Florida cases in salmonella outbreak

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Updated: 10/10/2013 5:41 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Four Floridians have been sickened by salmonella linked to California poultry processing facilities that have caused a nationwide outbreak.

The Florida Department of Health said Thursday they had been notified of three additional cases of salmonellosis in Florida residents linked to Foster Farms chicken by DNA fingerprinting. Three cases were in Miami-Dade County. The fourth was reported in Brevard.

The Agriculture Department said Foster Farms has until Thursday to explain how it will fix problems that have sickened 278 people across the country.

According to CDC, the most recent illness began two weeks ago. The majority of illnesses have been in California but people in 17 states have been infected.

Foster Farms officials say they've put new food safety controls in place after it found out about the illnesses.

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