Salmonella outbreak linked to papayas imported from Mexico

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that numerous cases of Salmonella linked to the papaya fruit especially shipped in from Mexico is causing sickness for people who have eaten the fruit in New York and New Jersey especially.  Reports have come in from 8 states so far.

The CDC reports that 24 people have ended up sick with the salmonella outbreak in New York with 12 also from New Jersey. Other cases have been reported from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

However, as of last Wednesday, June 26, 2019, a nationwide count of about 62 people have been sickened with the Salmonellastrain since January but most of the cases were reported since April of this year with the latest being reported on June 8th.

CDC’s theory that the papayas from Mexico are the cause for the outbreak was made when reports came from two people who lived in different homes but who purchased the fruit from the same store in Connecticut.

When the CDC interviews sick people, their questions focus on foods the sick individuals ate and other things they were exposed to during the week before they became ill. When interviewing 21 people, 16 said they ate papayas.

The CDC said in its alert Friday that, “the FDA and regulatory officials in several states are collecting records to determine the source of the papayas that ill people ate and early product distribution information available at this time indicates that papayas that made people sick were imported from Mexico. This traceback investigation is ongoing.”

Epidemiology, which is a branch of medical science that deals with the incidence, distribution, and control of disease in a population, can give evidence to where and what causes an illness outbreak. This is what the CDC handles.

Of the 62 Salmonella sicknesses reported 23 people have been hospitalized but no deaths have resulted.

CDC says that the complete report could be delayed because it can take the Salmonella strain up to for weeks to make someone sick from the time a person is exposed to it and the time it is diagnosed.

Most often, sickness from exposure to Salmonella can take four to seven days and most times people recover without treatment.

The symptoms that people experience when they have Salmonella sickness is 

fever, diarrhea, and stomach cramps for anywhere from 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the Salmonella bacteria.

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