Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Tied To Yellow Maradol Papayas
A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014.
Among the 12 people that had been hospitalised because of the infection, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported one to have died as well.
Maradol papaya has green skin that turns yellow when the fruit is ripe, and the flesh inside is salmon colored.
The CDC says 47 people reported getting sick after eating yellow Maradol papayas. Further investigation is under way to determine the point in the supply chain where the papayas were contaminated.
Those infected with salmonella develop fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps about 12 to 72 hours after swallowing the germ, and most recover without any treatment the CDC said.
The CDC has received reports of the outbreak in Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Texas, Utah, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The affected people range in age from less than 1 year to 95, and 67 percent are female. However, several cases can become severe and require hospitalization.
The state of NY has the highest number of cases at 13, followed by New Jersey with 12 cases, Virginia with six cases, and Maryland with five cases.
The federal health agency performed whole genome sequencing (WGS) on the Salmonella bacteria from the ill people and found that the infected individuals are closely related genetically.
Samples collected from those individuals and from the unnamed grocery store tested positive for two different strains of Salmonella - Salmonella Kiambu and Salmonella Thompson.
The CDC's warning on the oubreak, posted on its website July 21, advises consumers to throw away all yellow maradol papayas, and if in doubt of the variety, dispose of all papayas.