People in Pennsylvania were warned not to buy papaya from Mexico due to more than 60 cases of salmonella-related fresh fruit in the United States.
This warning came from officials at the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, who announced this week that 62 people who consumed papaya had become ill since the beginning of the year. Most of these diseases, according to the authorities, were reported in April.
The last infection was reported on June 8, authorities said. Infections were reported in eight states.
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Of those infected, 23 had to be hospitalized No deaths related to the infections.
The alert was issued to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. People in these states were advised not to buy fresh papaya imported from Mexico.
People who have already bought papaya from Mexico should refrain from consuming it.
"Throw the papaya away, even if some of them were eaten and nobody got sick," officials said.
They also provided further instructions, which are printed below:
- Do not eat fruit salad or other mixtures containing papaya from Mexico.
- If you are not sure whether the papaya you bought comes from Mexico, you can contact the sales office. If in doubt, do not eat the papaya.
- Places where papayas were stored, washed and disinfected.
"The FDA urges importers, suppliers, retailers, restaurants, retailers, and other food service providers urgently According to the US Food & Drug Administration, salmonella is a bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal disease and fever ,
Symptoms typically appear after infection "Most people with salmonellosis develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps," officials said. "More serious cases of salmonellosis may include high fever, pain, headache, lethargy, skin rash, urine or stool, and in some cases, death."
About 450 people die in the US According to FDA officials, Salmonella is the most susceptible to serious illness in children under the age of 5, the elderly, and immunocompromised people every year.
"This investigation is ongoing," said CDC officials.