The CDC reports that the illnesses began on May 17, 2017 and continued through at least June 28, 2017. Because as it can take up to three to four weeks for illnesses to be reported to the CDC, there may have been additional illnesses since June 23th that are not yet included in the CDC’s case count.
This Salmonella outbreak has affected women and men of every age, including the very young the very old, and everyone in between. The youngest person with a confirmed, reported illness is a child who is not yet one year old. The oldest reported victim is 95 years old.
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Of the illnesses, 12 people have been hospitalized and one has died. The illnesses have been reported in 12 states: one person is ill in each of Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Texas, and Utah. Four people are ill in Pennsylvania. Five people are ill in Maryland. Six people are ill in Virginia. New Jersey and New York have the most ill people – with twelve ill in New Jersey and thirteen ill in New York. The victim who died lived in New York City, New York.
How Do I Know My Papaya is a Yellow Maradol Papaya?
The FDA has linked this Salmonella Kiambu outbreak to Caribeña brand Maradol papayas. But the FDA has not issued a recall of Yellow Maradol papayas. So, it is likely that these fruits are still being sold in retailers across the country. The FDA confirmed that the Caribeña brand Maradol papayas were distrusted by Grande Produce based in San Juan, Texas.
Additional brands of imported Maradol papayas may still be implicated in this outbreak. “CDC is advising consumers not to eat any Maradol papayas. FDA continues its traceback investigation. At this time, Caribeña brand papayas from Mexico have been identified as a brand linked to these illnesses. Additional brands will be announced as the information becomes available.”
Yellow Maradol papayas are a large, and weigh more than 3 pounds. They are oval in shape. When picked, these papayas are green. But as they ripen, the green skin of these papayas turns yellow. The interior of the fruit has a salmon, pinkish orange fruit with black, round seeds. The FDA advises consumers to not eat green or yellow Caribeña brand papayas. Caribeña brand papayas can be identified by their distinctive red, green, and yellow sticker below:
It is important for everyone who has recently purchased papayas to check their fruit at home to make sure they do not have the types of papayas affected. For those who still do not know if the papaya they have is affected, the CDC recommends, “when in doubt, throw it out.” It is also a good idea to wash and sanitize any surface the papaya may have touched, including your refrigerator.
The CDC further recommends:
“Based on the available evidence, CDC recommends that consumers not eat, restaurants not serve, and retailers not sell yellow Maradol papayas until we learn more. CDC and state and local public health partners are continuing laboratory surveillance through PulseNet to identify additional ill people and to interview them. Further investigation is under way to determine the point in the supply chain where the papayas were contaminated. Updates will be provided when more information is available.”
The FDA, CDC, and several local health departments (including MDH) are investigating the source of the contamination and details surrounding this outbreak. As the investigation is ongoing, the “CDC recommends that consumers not eat, restaurants not serve, and retailers not sell Maradol papayas until we learn more.” The MDH believes the source of contamination may be in the supply chain.
We know on July 19, 2017, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) issued a warning to its residents that they should avoid eating Caribeña’s Yellow Maradol papayas because of potential contamination of Salmonella. The investigation began when the MDH identified an illness group that was above normal reporting of Salmonella infections. Interviews of those who had become ill with the similar strain of Salmonella Kiambu all reported to have eaten the same item – papayas. Salmonella Kiambu and Salmonella Thompson were both isolated from samples collected from ill people.
The MDH confirmed on its website that it obtained and tested 5 Yellow Maradol papayas from a Baltimore, Maryland retailer. Three of these papayas tested positive for Salmonella bacteria. In its announcement, the CDC confirmed the findings of the MDH:
“Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence collected to date indicate that yellow Maradol papayas are a likely source of this multistate outbreak. This investigation is ongoing.
In interviews, ill people answered questions about the foods they ate and other exposures in the week before they became ill. Eleven (44%) of 25 people interviewed reported eating papayas.”
The CDC is also working closely with MDH, to determine whether the recent Salmonella Thompson illness cluster in Maryland is related to this multistate outbreak.
Showing Symptoms of Salmonella?
With Salmonella infections, symptoms typically start within 6 to 72 hours after eating or drinking a contaminated food or water item. People can contract Salmonellosis after ingesting even a single pathogen cell. This means even one bite of contaminated food can cause illness.
Symptoms to watch for include: nausea; vomiting; abdominal cramps; diarrhea; fever; and headache. Symptoms generally last 4 to 7 days. Acute symptoms typically last 1 to 2 days or longer (depending on the amount ingested, the type of Salmonella, and the person’s individual health status).
Anyone exhibiting signs or symptoms of a Salmonella infection seek medical attention. If you or a loved one begin to show the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, contact a medical professional. Salmonella can be diagnosed through a stool sample by your medical provider.
Severe cases of Salmonellosis can lead to hospitalization, long-term complications, and even in severe cases, death. Long-term health consequences in victims can include reactive arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome. Salmonella can also cause bacteremia (a blood infection), endocarditis (infection of the heart’s inner lining), and infected aneurysms (arterial infections).
The CDC reports that complications can include: “(1) Dehydration and electrolyte imbalance may occur as a result of diarrhea and vomiting. This can lead to death in the very young, the elderly, and the immunocompromised, if not treated promptly. (2) In 2% of culture-proven cases, reactive arthritis (i.e., arthritis from an immune reaction to the infection – an autoimmune response – rather than directly from the infection itself) may follow 3 to 4 weeks after the onset of acute symptoms. Indications of reactive arthritis may include, for example, joint inflammation, urethritis, uveitis, and/or conjunctivitis. (3) Non-typhoidal Salmonella can sometimes escape from the gastrointestinal tract into the body and cause blood poisoning (septicemia) or infect the blood, internal organs, and/or joints (bacteremia). S. Dublin is sometimes associated with this complication.”
Robins Cloud is Helping Families Harmed by Salmonella
Robins Cloud LLP is a law firm dedicated to helping those who have become ill from contaminated food or beverages. We will continue to follow and investigate the details of this recall. If you or someone in your family has become ill with salmonellosis after eating papayas, Robins Cloud LLP is available to discuss any questions, concerns, and the legal process with you. You can contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week for a free, no obligation consultation.