Published: Sun, June 30, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

62 sickened in salmonella outbreak linked to fresh papayas

62 sickened in salmonella outbreak linked to fresh papayas

Most illnesses have occurred since April, according to the CDC.

Epidemiologic evidence and early product distribution information indicate that whole, fresh papayas imported from Mexico and sold in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island, are a likely source of this outbreak. As with other illnesses, children who are 5 years or younger, pregnant women, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more vulnerable.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising anyone who has papayas from Mexico to throw them out after more than 60 people were sickened and 20 people hospitalized with Salmonella in connection with the fruit. No deaths attributed too Salmonella have been reported.

The CDC is advising folks in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island to avoid eating whole, fresh papayas from Mexico.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising consumers in MA and seven other states who have whole, fresh papayas imported from Mexico in their homes to throw them away and not eat them.

The CDC said the hospitalization rate in the outbreak is 66 percent among people with information available.

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If you encounter papayas and have doubt about their country of origin, the CDC says to be on the safe side and throw them out. Write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick. So far, 24 people have been sickened in NY, 14 in CT and 12 in New Jersey. One ill person in Florida had traveled to CT in the week before they got sick.

According to CDC data, 1.2 million Salmonella cases occur each year in the USA, with about 450 of the cases leading to death.

Salmonella infection can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Salmonella can last four to seven days, and most recover without treatment, the agency reported.

However, salmonella can spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body, according to the CDC.

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