Illinois, Ohio, and Texas now report Salmonella infections linked to papayas

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Papayas in 19 States

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Papayas in 19 States

The salmonella outbreak has been linked to Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm, which are sold under brand names including Caribeña, Cavi and Valery.

The Maryland Department of Health first informed federal authorities that several ill people had purchased papayas at the same Baltimore location.

With dozens of people reported getting sick from a recent Salmonella outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control are urging customers to not eat Maradol papayas from Caraica de Campeche farm in Mexico. One death was reported from New York City. The farm is located on the Gulf of Mexico side of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Consumers unsure whether their papayas are from the Carica de Campeche farm can ask the store, and restaurants or retailers can ask their suppliers.

"The outbreak is limited to one specific grower in the south of Mexico, Carica de Campeche, and the brands they distribute". Young children, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are the most likely to have severe infections.

Cases appear most heavily concentrated on the East Coast, where 39 illnesses have been reported in NY, 27 in New Jersey and 14 in Virginia. In total, 109 cases have been reported in 16 states.

The Campeche farm has been added to an import alert which allows FDA field personnel to stop fresh produce from entering the US from the farm until it's proven to have resolved issues that caused the bacterial contamination.

Salmonella bacteria can cause diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and fever. It was not immediately clear how the papaya was contaminated, an FDA spokesman said. Among 98 people with available information, 66 (67%) are of Hispanic ethnicity.