OH has joined 18 other states reporting an infection from Salmonella bacteria attributed to recalled Maradol papayas from Mexico.
Thirty-two more salmonella cases, including 10 hospitalizations, linked to yellow Maradol papayas from Mexico have been reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, bringing the number of people affected to 141 across 19 states. One person in New York City died.
The CDC says while they believe the source of the multistate outbreak stems from the papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico, the papayas are sold under different brand names.
The company did not immediately respond to an email and phones went unanswered on Tuesday. If consumers aren't sure if their Maradol papaya came from the Carica de Campeche farm, they should ask the place of purchase. Young children, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are the most likely to have severe infections.
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47 percent of the cases have been reported from NY and New Jersey. In total, 109 cases have been reported in 16 states. The FDA is still working to identify any other brands of papayas that might have originated from this farm. Among 98 people with available information, 66 (67%) are of Hispanic ethnicity.
The CDC said laboratory evidence using genetic testing has connected some of the illnesses to papaya from the farm.
The FDA said San Juan, Texas-based Grande Produce has initiated a limited recall of its Caribena brand Maradol papayas that were distributed nationwide between July 7 and July 18, but that the company has not issued a news release informing its customers.
While most people recover from a Salmonella infection, others require treatment for life-threatening effects of diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.