Salmonella - Tainted Papayas and Pig Ears, not Proper for your Plate

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 11, 2019

Of the 71 illnesses, 69 have been reported in six states in the US. The hospitalization rate in the outbreak is 60%, compared with about 20% in most salmonella outbreaks, the CDC said. Illnesses have been reported in CT 14, Florida 1, MA 5, New Jersey 18, NY 27, Pennsylvania 4, Rhode Island 1, Texas 1 for a total of 71.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from January 14 to June 16, with most illnesses have occurred since April 2019.

According to the Center for Disease Control, of the 24 people with available information, 17 or 71 percent of them reported contact with pig ear dog treats or with dogs who were fed pig ear dog treats. If you have these papayas in your home, do not eat them.

"The FDA strongly advises importers, suppliers, and distributors, as well as restaurants, retailers, and other food service providers from all states to not sell or distribute whole, fresh papayas from Agroson's LLC that are labeled under the Cavi brand", it says.

Officials are also urging people not to eat fruit salads or other mixes that include papayas from Mexico, and are encouraging consumers to wash and sanitize places where papayas were stored like countertops and refrigerator drawers. Throw them, away, even if some were eaten and no one got sick. These records showed that Cavi brand papayas were sold at multiple grocery stores where ill people bought papayas.

As part of the epidemiological investigation, health officials conducted interviews about consumption and exposures in the week prior to onset of illness.

The CDC said most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.

Most people recover without treatment, but some people may need to be hospitalized. Most of the patients are older than 60.

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