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Third Minnesotan dies from salmonella

ST. PAUL - The state Health Department said a third Minnesotan has died from salmonella.

Officials say the woman was in her 80s and lived at a long-term care facility. Her name and date and place of death have not been released.

A nationwide salmonella outbreak tied to peanut butter is now blamed for seven deaths - three in Minnesota - and more than 480 cases of illness in more than 40 states.

The two other Minnesota residents who died after testing positive for the outbreak strain lived in nursing homes in Brainerd. Those homes had served peanut butter later discovered to contain salmonella. All three had other medical problems.

Dozens of companies have announced major recalls of products containing peanut butter made at a Georgia peanut butter plant.