Salmonella outbreak hits Texas

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The outbreak is believed to have been caused by Maradol papayas

Published 7:28 pm, Friday, July 21, 2017

An outbreak of salmonella has affected at least 47 people in 12 states, including Texas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Of the 47 people affected by the outbreak 12 have been hospitalized and one death was reported. A cluster of cases have been reported in New York and New Jersey, but Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Virginia have also been affected.

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The outbreak of salmonella Kiambu strain is believed to have been caused by yellow Maradol papayas.

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The CDC recommends consumers, restaurants and retailers throw out any Maradol papayas they have and wash and sanitize countertops, drawers and refrigerator shelves where the papayas were stored.

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after being exposed. The illness lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment.

In some cases the patient will need to be hospitalized and the infection can spread from the intestines to the bloodstream. Children younger than 5, adults older than 65 and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe cases of the illness.

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