Salmonella outbreak linked to Mexican papayas up to 141 cases

Food safety testing measures at Carica de Campeche farm

Food safety testing measures at Carica de Campeche farm

Thirty-two more salmonella cases, including 10 hospitalizations, linked to yellow Maradol papayas from Mexico have been reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, bringing the number of people affected to 141 across 19 states. One death was reported from New York City.

OH has joined 18 other states reporting an infection from Salmonella bacteria attributed to recalled Maradol papayas from Mexico.

Maradol papayas are large, oval fruit weighing 3 pounds or more.

While most people recover from a Salmonella infection, others require treatment for life-threatening effects of diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

Illnesses were reported from May 17 through July 27.

Illnesses that occurred after July 14, 2017, might not be reported yet due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported. Among 98 people with available information, 66 (67%) are of Hispanic ethnicity. Forty-nine people have been hospitalized nationwide since the illnesses started in mid-May.

HLB Specialties, a USA papaya importer, released a statement Friday that emphasized the differences between brands, varieties and countries of origin. Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm. "Papayas from Guatemala, Brazil, Formosa papaya and other Maradol papaya brands from Mexico are not linked to the outbreak and are safe for consumption", the statement said.

If you aren't where your papayas are from, you should ask the store about the place of purchase. When in doubt, don't eat it; just throw it out. Areas where Maradol papayas have been stored should also be thoroughly sanitized.

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