One person died in the New York City (NYC) and 46 others across the 12 states in the US have been infected after contracting salmonella from eating fresh papaya. Federal health officials on Friday announced that the outbreak has spread to several major states of the country.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the salmonella outbreak was associated with Caribena brand yellow Maradol papayas from Mexico which are sold in states including New York, New Jersey, Utah and Kentucky.
The infected papayas were reportedly distributed by Grande Produce in San Juan, Texas. Reports state that out of the 47 registered cases of the salmonella outbreak, at least 12 people have been hospitalised.
Federal health officials were notified of the outbreak after the salmonella cases were reported between May 17 and June 28. Reports state that those who have fallen sick after eating the fresh papayas range from ages 1 and 97, according to the CDC report.
Health officials have urged the restaurants and all the consumers of the brand to throw the fruit if they purchased it, despite it being a yellow of green papaya.
“When in doubt, don’t eat, sell, or serve them and throw them out,” the CDC said.
Report state that the number of salmonella infection cases are expected to rise, and will also include people who fell sick after June 23 and did not show the symptoms of the infection until later.
It has also been reported that several others fell sick after eating papayas bought from the same grocery store in Maryland.
According to the CDC data, around 1.2 million people in the United States are infected with salmonella every year.
source: Fox News