Papayas Linked To Outbreak Of Salmonella

Twelve states in the U.S. have forty-seven people sick with Salmonella bacteria poisoning. The salmonella bacteria came from yellow Maradol papayas.

Out of the forty-seven people, twelve of them have been hospitalized due to being infected. The CDC has also reported one death since the out break.

Those who have reported being sick began feeling symptoms between May 17 and June 28.

Symptoms of salmonella poisoning occur 12-72 hours after the infection begins. Symptoms include loose bowels, fever, and stomach cramping. These symptoms can last around four to seven days.  Most people don’t need treatment. Be that as it may, those with severe loose bowels may need to go to the hospital as soon as possible.

Papayas Have Left People With Salmonella

The forty-seven people with salmonella bacteria poisoning range from ages one-year-old to ninety-five years old. However, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are telling people not to eat yellow maradol papayas for the time being. Stay away from  papayas wherever restaurants sell them or stores as well. If you are unsure if you have the fruit or have eaten some, go to your local hospital to seek assistance.

States dealing with this outbreak are Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey. Also in New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Maryland. The one death was in New York. During the investigation, five people from Maryland bought papayas from the same grocery store. All 5 of them have the infection.

Tests were ran on those five people and from the anonymous store in question. Two strains of salmonella were tested, Salmonella Thompson, and Salmonella Kiambu. The Salmonella Kiambu strain has links to the cases above. However, there has not been any indication of Salmonella Thompson, yet. An expected 1.2 million occurrences of salmonella happen in the US every year. Out of those cases, 450 people end up passing away.