California salmonella death was 65-year-old woman

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Posted: Aug 05, 2011 2:09 PM
California salmonella death was 65-year-old woman

Authorities say a 65-year-old Northern California woman is the only person to die in a nationwide salmonella outbreak linked to ground turkey.

Sacramento County health officials identified the victim's age and sex late Thursday after media requests. They're not releasing her name or when she died.

The woman was one of six known salmonella victims in California.

On Wednesday, the Agriculture Department asked Minnesota-based Cargill to recall 36 million pounds of ground turkey, saying the meat was linked to the death in California and at least 77 illnesses. The request came nearly five months after the first illness.