More than 100 people in 16 states have been sickened by strains of salmonella that U.S. health officials say are linked to the papayas.
Authorities are recommending that "consumers not eat, restaurants not serve, and retailers not sell Maradol papayas from Mexico until we learn more." When in doubt, throw it out, the CDC says.
At least one person, in New York City, is reported to have died and 35 people have been hospitalized as a result of the outbreak.
New York state has seen the highest number of cases, with 36, followed by New Jersey, with 26. The outbreak has been documented in eastern and Midwestern states, and the first cases were reported in May.
"Among ill people, 63% are female. Among 74 people with available information, 50 (68%) are of Hispanic ethnicity," the CDC says. "Among 76 people with available information, 35 (46%) were hospitalized."
Two separate strains of salmonella bacteria have been detected — 48 people were reportedly infected with Salmonellakiambu and 61 with Salmonellathompson, according to the CDC.
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