Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Papayas in 19 States

Map courtesy Centers for Disease Control

Map courtesy Centers for Disease Control

There have been reports of salmonella across 19 different states, including most recently added Illinois, Ohio and Texas. Of 103 victims with hospitalization information available, 45 of them, or 44 percent, had symptoms so severe they had to be admitted.

Centers for Disease Control said OH was one of three new states reporting this week, in an expanding outbreak that started earlier this month.

Three brands of Maradol papayas have been recalled: Caribeña brand, distributed by Grande Produce; certain Cavi brand papayas distributed by Agroson's; and Valery brand papayas, distributed by Freshtex Produce, LLC. One person in New York City died.

Illnesses were reported from May 17 through July 27.

Authorities have identified a farm in Campeche state in the western Yucatan Peninsula as the probable source of papayas linked to an outbreak of salmonella in the U.S.

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The FDA is advising consumers not to eat Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico because they are linked to an outbreak of salmonellosis.

An increasing number of people have been sickened by eating papaya now traced to the farm, USA public health officials said in an update on the outbreak first reported more than two weeks ago, according to the Associated Press.

The Caribeña brand can be identified by a red, green and yellow sticker. They have green skin that turns yellow when ripe; inside, the fruit is salmon-colored.

The CDC recommends that these papayas are not eaten, served or sold. It warns against eating, serving or selling any kind of papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm, which is in the southern state of Campeche, which borders Guatemala. "Wash and sanitize countertops as well as drawers or shelves in refrigerators where maradol papayas were stored". "We share their concern, but we also want to provide as much information as possible so that shoppers can make an educated decision when buying papayas", Melissa Hartmann de Barros, director of communications, said in a news release.

The overall size of the ongoing outbreaks of infections from Salmonella Kiambu and Salmonella Thompson bacteria have tripled since the CDC's initial announcement, which reported 47 victims as of July 21. However, illnesses occurring after July 14 may not have been reported yet. "This takes an average of two to four weeks", according to the CDC.

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