Sixty-two people in eight US states have contracted salmonella this year due to fresh papayas imported from Mexico.
The disease lasts from mid to mid-January to June 8, with the highest number in April. Of the patients, 23 were admitted to hospital.
No deaths have been reported so far.
Salmonella, which rarely affect the taste or smell of food, live in the intestinal tract of animals, including birds and humans.
If you're not sure where your papayas come from, throw them away.
The CDC advises people in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island not to eat whole, fresh papayas from Mexico. They also advise against eating fruit salads or blends, including Mexican papayas.
If you meet papayas and have doubts about their country of origin, the CDC says, be on the safe side and throw them out. The agency recommends washing and cleaning places where papayas are stored, including work surfaces and refrigerated shelves.
Meanwhile, the US Food and Drug Administration is calling for importers, suppliers, distributors and other food service providers to stop selling imported papayas in all states from Mexico.
This year's outbreak is related to the Salmonella Uganda serotype (species) of the bacteria.
Infected people may develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps between 12 and 72 hours after the first exposure. Patients usually recover by themselves in less than a week, but some require hospitalization.
According to CDC data, 1.2 million salmonella cases occur in the US every year, of which about 450 are fatal. 23.634501