Mangos, I love; papayas, not so much.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Kiambu infections.
Twelve ill people have been hospitalized. One death has been reported from New York City.
Illnesses started on dates ranging from May 17, 2017 to June 28, 2017. Ill people range in age from less than 1 year to 95, with a median age of 27. Among ill people, 67% are female. Among 31 people with available information, 18 (58%) are of Hispanic ethnicity. Among 33 people with available information, 12 (36%) report being hospitalized. One death was reported from New York City.
Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence collected to date indicates that Maradol papayas are a likely source of this multistate outbreak.
CDC recommends that consumers not eat, restaurants not serve, and retailers not sell Maradol papayas until we learn more.
If you aren’t sure if the papaya you bought is a Maradol papaya, you can ask the place of purchase. Restaurants and retailers can ask their supplier.
When in doubt, don’t eat, sell, or serve them and throw them out.
Wash and sanitize countertops as well as drawers or shelves in refrigerators where papayas were stored.
This investigation is ongoing. CDC will provide updates when more information is available.