Salmonella Cases After Taste Of Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago health officials say they're investigating 17 cases of illness possibly linked to a booth at last week's Taste of Chicago food festival.

The Chicago Department of Public Health says it has confirmed that at least five of the cases were caused by salmonella bacteria. At least three people were admitted to hospitals.

Health officials say the cases are believed to be associated with the Pars Cove Persian Cuisine booth at the Taste. The restaurant served fresh cucumber salad over hummus, charcoal-grilled seasoned chopped lamb and beef, pomegranate barbecued chicken, and baklava.

This is the first confirmed outbreak of a food-borne illness associated with the Taste of Chicago in at least 20 years.

The Taste of Chicago is an outdoor food festival that runs for ten days and includes food from more than 70 restaurants. It closed on Sunday.

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