Connecticut now part of papaya-related salmonella outbreak
Published 4:03 pm, Monday, August 14, 2017
Connecticut has been added to the list of states where residents have been sickened with salmonella after eating imported papayas.
Throughout the summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been advising consumers not to eat Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico because they are linked to an outbreak of salmonellosis.
Three brands of Maradol papayas have been recalled: Caribeña brand, distributed by Grande Produce; certain Cavi brand papayas distributed by Agroson’s; and Valery brand papayas, distributed by Freshtex Produce, LLC.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 141 cases, 45 hospitalizations and one death from 19 states — including Connecticut — in the Salmonella Kiambu and Salmonella Thompson outbreak.
The FDA and state partners continue to investigate the distribution of the papayas involved in this outbreak and are working to ensure that there are no other brands that these papayas may have been sold under.
Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. Most people infected with Salmonella develop symptoms 12 to 72 hours after infection.
In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.
Children are the most likely to get salmonellosis. Children younger than five, the elderly, and those people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe infections.