CDC ALERT: One Death and 45 Hospitalized From Papaya Salmonella Contamination

At A Glance

  • Case Count: 141
  • States: 19
  • Deaths: 1
  • Hospitalizations: 45
  • Recall: Yes

What’s New?

  • Thirty-two more ill people from 15 states were added to this investigation since the last case count update on August 4, 2017.
  • Three more states have reported ill people: Illinois, Ohio, and Texas.
  • CDC and FDA are advising consumers not to eat Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm located in Mexico. These papayas are sold under different brand names.

Highlights

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  • CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Kiambu and Salmonella Thompson infections.
  • A total of 141 people infected with the outbreak strains of SalmonellaKiambu (51) or Salmonella Thompson (90) have been reported from 19 states.
    • Forty-five ill people have been hospitalized. One death was reported from New York City.
  • Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico are the likely source of this multistate outbreak.
    • At this time, Caribeña, Cavi, and Valery brand papayas from Mexico have been identified as brands produced by this farm.
    • Companies have voluntarily recalled several brands of papayas.
    • FDA is working to identify any other brands of papayas that may have originated from the Carica de Campeche farm.
  • CDC recommends that consumers not eat, restaurants not serve, and retailers not sell Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico.
    • If you aren’t sure if the papaya you bought is a Maradol papaya from the Carica de Campeche farm, ask the place of purchase. Restaurants and retailers can ask their suppliers.
    • When in doubt, don’t eat, sell, or serve papayas; just throw them out.
    • Wash and sanitize countertops as well as drawers or shelves in refrigerators where Maradol papayas were stored.
  • This investigation is ongoing. CDC will provide updates when more information is available.

Introduction

Since the last update on August 4, 2017, 32 more ill people were added to this investigation from 15 states.

As of August 9, 2017, 141 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Kiambu (51) or Salmonella Thompson (90) have been reported from 19 states. A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on the Case Count Map page.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from May 17, 2017 to July 27, 2017. Ill people range in age from less than 1 year to 95, with a median age of 39. Among 136 ill people with available information, 83 (61%) are female. Among 98 people with available information, 66 (67%) are of Hispanic ethnicity. Among 103 people with available information, 45 (44%) have been hospitalized. One death was reported from New York City.

Illnesses that occurred after July 14, 2017, might not be reported yet due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported. This takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks.

Investigation Update

Based on information collected to date, CDC is now recommending that consumers not eat Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico. If consumers aren’t sure if their Maradol papaya came from the Carica de Campeche farm, they should ask the place of purchase. When in doubt, don’t eat it; just throw it out. Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm.

As was reported in the last update on August 4, FDA tested other papayas imported from Mexico and isolated several types of Salmonella bacteria, including Salmonella Agona, Salmonella Kiambu, Salmonella Gaminara, Salmonella Thompson, and Salmonella Senftenberg. CDC is working to determine if there are any illnesses with these other types of Salmonella linked to this outbreak.

This investigation is ongoing. Updates will be provided when more information is available.

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