NYC Resident Dies From Papaya Salmonella Outbreak

Henrietta Brewer
July 22, 2017

Thirteen people in NY and 12 in New Jersey were infected.

At least 47 people in 12 states have been infected by salmonella, which federal health officials linked to yellow Maradol papayas. Ages of the infected people range from less than a-year-old to 95 years old, 67 percent of whom are female.

"When in doubt, don't eat, sell, or serve Maradol papayas", Amesheia Buckner, a spokesperson for the CDC, said.

The infection is quite widespread given that the states that have reported cases of the infection are Iowa, Utah, Texas, Maryland, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Minnesota, Virginia and Pennsylvania. "If you aren't sure if the papaya you bought is a yellow Maradol papaya, ask the place where you bought it".

The CDC says most people infected with the bacteria develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps between 12 to 72 hours after infection. While the symptoms can last for about 7 days, in most of the cases, the patients can recover without any special treatment.

However, in some cases, it can be so severe the patient should be hospitalized.

An estimated 1.2 million cases of salmonella infection occur in the United States annually, with 450 deaths, according to the CDC.

The department of health noted that the source of the contamination hadn't been identified, as it could have occurred at any point in the supply chain.

The illnesses started in May and June, and the CDC found a cluster of infected people in Maryland who all said they ate papayas from the same grocery store. The agency is conducting more tests to inform the public about the actual source and cause of this multi-state Salmonella outbreak. Lab tests showed Salmonella Kiambu and Salmonella Thompson were found in samples collected from the ill people.

The Food and Drug Administration is working with the company on a recall.

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