Salmonella outbreak traced to farm on Yucatán Peninsula

A Marador Papaya from Mexico.
Maradol papayas from Campeche are blamed for a deadly salmonella outbreak in the United States. Photo: Creative Commons

A deadly salmonella outbreak in the U.S. has been traced to a single farm in Tenabo, Campeche.

One person has died out of the 141 people who have fallen ill in 19 states. All ate yellow Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm, which are sold under brand names including Caribeña, Cavi and Valery.

Those brands have been recalled from market shelves.

One of the papaya brands affected in the recall.

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours of infection. The illness usually lasts between four and seven days. Although most recover without treatment, 45 victims have reported to the hospital.

Since Aug. 4, salmonella cases have been reported in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The Center for Disease Control said victim ranged in age from just months old to 95, and 67 percent are Hispanic.

The CDC urges consumers, restaurants or retailers to throw out the fruit if its origin is in doubt. Areas where Maradol papayas have been stored should also be thoroughly sanitized.

No such illness was reported in Mexico.

Source: CNN

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