Federal health authorities say three additional people have become ill from a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products.
Carol Crawford, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirmed Thursday that the number of people sickened by listeriosis has increased.
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The CDC says three people in Texas have the same strain of listeria previously found in five others at a Wichita, Kansas, hospital. Three of the five in Kansas died.
The CDC did not indicate when the people in Texas became ill or where they are.
Brenham, Texas-based Blue Bell has temporarily closed a production plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, after traces of the pathogen were found there.
Blue Bell on Tuesday announced a third product recall as a result of the contamination.