Papayas from Campeche farm linked to salmonella outbreak in US

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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. Nationally, one death has been linked to the outbreak, among 45 hospitalizations and 141 illnesses.

Thirty-two more illnesses have been counted in the salmonellosis outbreak linked to maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico. One person in New York City died.

Based on information collected to date, CDC is now recommending that consumers not eat Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico. A storm warning was posted for the area as Tropical Storm Franklin was making its way across the Yucatan Peninsula.

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

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Consumers unsure whether their papayas are from the Carica de Campeche farm can ask the store, and restaurants or retailers can ask their suppliers. Virginia has had 11 cases, Pennsylvania seven and Maryland has had six.

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours of infection.

If there is a potential for contamination, the CDC urges consumers to sanitize refrigerators, counters and anywhere else the papaya may have been stored. They have tied Caribena, Cavi, and Valery brands to the farm, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is trying to identify other possible brands. The CDC said those affected range in age from less than 1 year old to 95, and 67% are Hispanic.

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