A salmonella outbreak has spread across 16 U.S. states, infecting 109 consumers of papaya imported from Mexico.
Federal health officials reported Friday an additional 64 people infected in a recent spread of the outbreak.
One death has been reported in New York City.
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The source of the outbreak has been identified as the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico.
The CDC is warning against consumption of any papayas “when in doubt.”
Fox News reports:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the source of the salmonella outbreak was traced back to Caribena brand papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm. In July, at least one New York City resident died. Another 35 people were hospitalized with salmonella as of Friday.
“When in doubt, don’t eat, sell, or serve them and throw them out,” the CDC said.
People were first sickened after eating the fruit beginning on May 17, according to the CDC. The people infected were between ages less than 1 to 95.
Health officials tested the fruit found in the Mexican farm and identified five strands of salmonella that sickened at least 109 people.
A recall was issued in July for Grande Produce papayas.
The CDC is working to find other distributes who have imported their papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm.