updated 4/1/2011 5:17:32 PM ET 2011-04-01T21:17:32

Fifty-six people have reportedly fallen ill with suspected cases of salmonella amid an outbreak that may be linked to a Rhode Island bakery.

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That's up from 39 people as of three days ago. The Rhode Island Department of Health said Friday that 26 of those who have reported illness have been hospitalized and 24 have laboratory-confirmed cases of salmonella.

A man in his 80s who had tested positive for salmonella died on March 23.

Officials say many of the affected people ate doughnut-like pastries called zeppoles made by DeFusco's Bakery in Johnston.

The pastries also were sold at other stores around the state and have been recalled. The bakery has voluntarily shut down until further notice.

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