Josh Funk reported for the Associated Press on the CDC‘s latest update on the number of people confirmed ill with Salmonella infections after eating contaminated Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter produced by ConAgra:

The number of people sickened since August by peanut butter tainted with salmonella has grown by more than 200, according to a new federal report.

The outbreak, first reported in February, now includes 628 cases in 47 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. It is the first update on the number of cases linked to the outbreak since early March, when officials said 425 cases had been confirmed in 44 states.

ConAgra Foods Inc. recalled all its peanut butter after government investigators linked the bacteria outbreak to the Omaha-based company’s Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter.

Thousands of people became ill with symptoms of Salmonella infections after eating the peanut butter, but did not seek medical treatment, or were never confirmed as being part of the outbreak through laboratory testing.  Marler Clark has been contacted by nearly 5,000 people who were part of the outbreak.