The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that 62 people were infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Uganda in 8 states since January 2019.
Twenty-three people have been hospitalized. No deaths linked to Salmonella infections have been reported. Most of the illnesses occurred since April 2019.
Illnesses have been reported in Connecticut (14), Florida (1), Massachusetts (5), New Jersey (12), New York (24), Pennsylvania (4), Rhode Island (1) and Texas (1).
The CDC is warning consumers not to eat any whole, fresh papayas from Mexico if they live in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
Consumers in these states should throw the papayas away, even if some of the papaya has been eaten and no one has gotten sick.
Furthermore, the CDC warns against eating fruit salads or other fruit mixes that include papayas from Mexico.
“If you aren’t sure the papaya you bought is from Mexico, you can ask the place of purchase. When in doubt, don’t eat the papaya. Throw it out.”
Most people who are infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food.
In some people, the illness may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body.