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updated: 8/2/2011 5:39 PM

Illinois has 7 cases linked to turkey salmonella

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Associated Press

Seven people in Illinois have been sickened with salmonella poisoning in a national outbreak authorities say is likely linked to ground turkey.

Overall 77 cases in 26 states have been reported. One person has died, but not in Illinois.

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Illinois cases range from a 3-year-old to a 60-year-old. The state Department of Public Health says they have occurred in Oak Park and in the following counties: Cass, DuPage, Madison, Peoria, Will and Williamson.

Department spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says the first illness in Illinois began in March, while the last reported case was June 29.

Federal authorities haven't identified a source for the outbreak, and no recall has been issued.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea and other intestinal symptoms.

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