Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Papayas Continues To Spread

The number of illnesses reported from this Salmonella outbreak has increased from 47 to 109. Two types of the bacteria found on Maradol papayas — Salmonella Kiambu and Salmonella Thompson — are causing widespread illness. 35 cases have resulted in hospitalization and the death tole remains at one. Six more states have reported illnesses: Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, which makes a total of 18 across the country.

The Caribeña brand of Maradol papayas from Mexico, distributed by Grande Produce in San Juan, Texas, is believed to be connected to this surge of salmonella. However, additional brands are expected to be related to the outbreak as well.

According to the CDC, symptoms — diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps — begin 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to salmonella bacteria. The illness usually lasts from four to seven days and those at highest risk of infection are young children under 5, older adults and those with weakened immune systems.

If you notice these symptoms, seek treatment ASAP.

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