Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella kills 1 and Infects 46 Others

July 23, 2017Jul 23, 2017

A deadly outbreak of Salmonella has been linked to a particular type of papaya, and CDC health officials are asking people to stop eating the fruit.

A person in New York City died after contracting salmonella from eating the fruit. This outbreak has infected 46 other people in 12 states, federal health officials reported on Friday.

The (CDC) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the deadly salmonella outbreak was linked to Caribena brand yellow Maradol papayas from Mexico that are sold in these states: New York, New Jersey, Utah and Kentucky, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. 

The Maradol papaya is described as a large, oval-shaped fruit that weighs around 3 pounds. It has a green skin that turns yellow when the fruit is ripe. The outside of the fruit is salmon-colored.

The company that produces these papayas are distributed by Grande Produce in San Juan, Texas.

The 47 cases that were reported, 12 people were hospitalized. No other brands have been named in this deadly outbreak.

If you aren’t sure if the papaya you bought is a Maradol papaya, please ask the place of purchase. Restaurants and retailers can ask their supplier. When in doubt, don’t eat, sell, or serve them and throw them out.

The CDC encourages us to wash and sanitize countertops as well as drawers or shelves in refrigerators where you stored the papayas.

If you think you have eaten a Caribena brand yellow Maradol contact a healthcare provider immediately.

People infected with Salmonella will have the following signs and symptoms 12-72 hours after being exposed to the deadly bacteria:

Diarrhea, Fever, and Abdominal cramps