Health Officials Link a Florida Salmonella Case to Peanut Butter

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State health officials said Friday that one Florida salmonella case has been confirmed to be linked to a national outbreak believed caused by peanut butter.

The case is in Alachua County, but officials with the Department of Health didn't release any other information about the victim other than that the illness wasn't life threatening.

Nearly 300 people in about 40 states have fallen ill since August, and federal health investigators have said they strongly suspect Peter Pan peanut butter and certain batches of Wal-Mart's Great Value house brand.

Both are manufactured by ConAgra Foods. The suspect peanut butter has a product code on the lid beginning with "2111."

Salmonella sickens about 40-thousand people a year in the US and kills about 600. It can cause diarrhea, fever, dehydration, abdominal pain and vomiting.

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