People in Pennsylvania were warned not to buy papaya imported from Mexico because of more than 60 cases of salmonella infections associated with fresh fruit in the United States. Prevention, which this week announced that 62 people who consumed papaya have been ill since the beginning of the year. Most of these diseases, according to officials, were reported in April.
The last infection was reported on June 8, officials said. Infections have been reported in eight countries.
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Out of the infected, 23 people had to be hospitalized, according to the warning, which also noted that there were no deaths associated with the infections.
The alert was issued for Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. People in these states are told not to buy the fresh papaya imported from Mexico.
People who have already bought papaya from Mexico should refrain from eating, said CDC officials. some of them were eaten and no one got sick, "officials said.
They also suggested additional instructions that are printed below:
- Do not eat fruit salad or other mixtures that include papaya from Mexico.
- If you are not sure the papa you bought is from Mexico, you can ask for the place of purchase. When in doubt, do not eat the papaya.
- Wash and disinfect the places where the papaya was stored. According to officials of the American Food and Drug Administration, salmonella is a bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal diseases and fever. to show up within 72 hours, which lasts for several days with most people recovering without treatment, FDA officials said.
"Most people with salmonellosis develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps," officials said. "More severe cases of salmonellosis may include fever, pain, headache, drowsiness, rash, blood in the urine or stool, and in some cases may become fatal."
About 450 people in the United States die from salmonella every year, FDA officials said, noting that children under 5, elderly people and people with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to severe illness.
"This investigation continues," said CDC officials.