Salmonella outbreak linked to Mexican papayas up to 141 cases

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The outbreak total is up to 141 illnesses in 19 states, with 45 people hospitalized and one death reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

As was reported in the last update on August 4, FDA tested other papayas imported from Mexico and isolated several types of Salmonella bacteria, including Salmonella Agona, Salmonella Kiambu, Salmonella Gaminara, Salmonella Thompson, and Salmonella Senftenberg.

Thirty-two more illnesses have been counted in the salmonellosis outbreak linked to maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico.

Cases appear most heavily concentrated on the East Coast, where 39 illnesses have been reported in NY, 27 in New Jersey and 14 in Virginia.

The 66 cases in the bi-state area account for nearly half the 141 cases nationwide, and the 26 cases reported in New York City are the highest of any locality, officials said.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention referred questions about the distribution of cases - including four cases in Oklahoma and one in Wisconsin - to the Food and Drug Administration. One person in New York City died.

Yellow maradol papayas marketed under the brand names Caribeña, Cavi and Valery have been recalled by their distributors, the FDA said, adding that more brands may be announced as information becomes available.

The FDA said San Juan, Texas-based Grande Produce has initiated a limited recall of its Caribena brand Maradol papayas that were distributed nationwide between July 7 and July 18, but that the company has not issued a news release informing its customers.

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

The investigation reveals that Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico are the likely source of this multistate outbreak. Children under 5 years, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable.

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