Recalled papaya illness reported in Ohio

Evrard Martin
Août 12, 2017

Thirty-two more people have been sickened by Salmonella in an update on the multistate outbreak of Salmonella Kiambu and Salmonella Thompson infections linked to Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico.

11, 141 people have gotten sick across 19 states - most recently Illinois, Ohio and Texas. This includes one death and 45 total hospitalizations. Forty-nine people have been hospitalized nationwide since the illnesses started in mid-May.

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

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.

Shortly afterward, the FDA identified Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico as a likely source of the outbreak.

Papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm tested positive for five different strains of salmonella bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and fever.

"The investigation is continuing and we'll post more information when it's available", said Peter Cassell.

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. "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. However, the CDC urges consumers, restaurants or retailers to throw out the fruit if in doubt.

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