BOSTON (AP) – The number of people in Massachusetts sickened by salmonella linked to tomatoes has climbed to 26.

The state Public Health Department said Wednesday that two more cases have been linked to the nationwide outbreak. The new cases in Massachusetts were a 21-year-old woman from Middlesex County and a 25-year-old woman from Norfolk County.

Federal health officials continue to warn consumers to avoid certain raw red plum, red Roma and red round tomatoes and products containing those tomatoes.

Federal investigators also are looking into a connection between the outbreak and raw jalapeno and serrano peppers.

Approximately 1,100 cases have been reported nationwide.

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