Pa­payas linked to sick­ness in 12 states

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. health of­fi­cials are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a sal­mo­nella out­break linked to pa­payas from Mex­ico that has killed a per­son in New York City and sick­ened an­other 46 peo­ple in 12 states.

The Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion said Tues­day that 12 peo­ple had been hos­pi­tal­ized.

The U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion and the FDA are in­ves­ti­gat­ing and be­lieve the cause to be sal­mo­nella con­tam­i­na­tion from Maradol pa­payas. The FDA says con­sumers should avoid all Caribena brand Maradol pa­payas.

New York has re­ported 13 cases and New Jersey has had 12. An­other six have been reg­is­tered in Vir­ginia, five in Mary­land and four in Penn­syl­va­nia. Iowa, Ken­tucky, Louisiana, Mas­sachusetts, Min­nesota, Texas and Utah each have had one re­ported case.

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