September 23, 2017

Hispanics Disproportionately Affected by Papaya Salmonella Outbreak

The deadly Salmonella outbreak linked to Maradol papayas imported from Mexico has hit the Hispanic population disproportionately hard. As of last week, at least 235 people in 24 states are sick in this outbreak, which is actually a group of four separate outbreaks caused by eight different strains of Salmonella. According to the CDC, the percentage of Hispanics in each group ranges from 50% to 94%. The outbreak strains of Salmonella have been found in imported papayas. They match the strains taken from patient isolates. The outbreaks are separated based on the farms where the papayas were grown. Those farms are the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico, with papayas contaminated with Salmonella Thompson, Salmonella Kiambu, Salmonella Agona, and Salmonella Gaminara; the Rancho El … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Yoshinoya Restaurant in Garden Grove, CA

A Salmonella outbreak at Yoshinoya restaurant at 13512 Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove, California sickened at least 20 people in July 2017, Jessica Good, Public Information Manager of Orange County Public Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin. Information about this outbreak was not released to the public at the time. One person was hospitalized in this outbreak, and public health officials are still gathering information on a couple of cases. Illness onset dates ranged from July 17 to July 31, 2017 after patients ate at the facility from July 14 to July 21, 2017. The restaurant was closed for corrective actions on August 3, 2017. No cases have been identified in people who have eaten at the restaurant since it reopened on August 4, 2017. The symptoms of a Salmonella food … [Read more...]

Papaya-linked Salmonella Newport and Salmonella Infantis Outbreak Spreads

In its latest update regarding the multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport and Salmonella Infantis, the CDC reports that one more person from one state has contracted this strain of Salmonella, linked to Maradol papayas imported from Mexico. One of four Salmonella outbreaks currently being investigated by the CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and state public health officials, this specific outbreak has now sickened a total of four people in the states of Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New York. These victims of the disease, ranging in age from 40 to 82, contracted the illness between July 19, 2017 and August 7, 2017; two are of Hispanic ethnicity. So far, only two of the victims have required hospitalization. More people, however, may become ill – the CDC … [Read more...]

Salmonella Urbana Infections Linked to Imported Maradol Papayas

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has split the large Salmonella outbreak linked to different imported Maradol papayas into four separates outbreaks. Each outbreak is inked to papayas imported from four different farms in Mexico. This outbreak, which has sickened 7 people in 3 states, was caused by Salmonella Urbana. Illnesses in this outbreak started on dates ranging from July 23, 20107 to August 14, 2017. Four people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. The case count by state is: New Jersey (5), New York (1), and Pennsylvania (1). Illnesses started on dates ranging from July 13, 2017 to August 14, 2017. Four people have been hospitalized in this outbreak. No deaths have been reported. Ill people range in age from less than 1 year to 57, with a median … [Read more...]

Papaya Salmonella Anatum Outbreak Updated by the CDC

The Salmonella Anatum outbreak linked to imported Maradol papayas has been updated by the CDC. There are four separate outbreaks linked to that fruit. The case count in this outbreak is 14 people sickened in 3 states. Five people have been hospitalized, and one person in California has died. The DC is also investigating six other ill persons whose isolates match the isolates in this outbreak. They are trying to determine if these "more recent illnesses" are also linked to the Bravo Produce Maradol papayas. The case count by state is: Arizona (1), California (12), and Colorado (1). Illnesses began on on dates ranging from December 20, 2016 to April 8, 2017. The ill persons were discovered from data stored on PulseNet, but government officials did not know the source of the … [Read more...]

Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 210; Linked to Imported Maradol Papayas

The deadly multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to imported Maradol papayas has been updated by the CDC. There are four separate strains of Salmonella bacteria in this particular outbreak. There are now 210 people sickened in this outbreak. The bacteria in this outbreak include Salmonella Thompson, Salmonella Kiambu, Salmonella Agona, and Salmonella Gaminara. These strains of bacteria were found in ill persons and in samples collected from imported Maradol papayas. As of September 11, 2017, 210 people have been sickened in 24 states. Sixty-seven ill persons have been hospitalized. One death was reported from New York City. That is an increase of 10 more ill persons from 7 states since the last update on September 1, 2017. The case count by state is: California (1), … [Read more...]

California Hard Hit in Deadly Salmonella Papaya Outbreak

California has been hard hit in the fourth deadly Salmonella papaya outbreak.  There are four outbreaks connected to Maradol papayas that were imported from Mexico. This outbreak was announced by the CDC this week. No one living in California has been sickened in the other three outbreaks. This outbreak was caused by Salmonella Anatum. Fourteen people were sickened, including 12 in California. One person in California has died. Five people have been hospitalized in this outbreak, for a 42% hospitalization rate. That is much higher than the typical 22% hospitalization rate in most Salmonella outbreaks. This could be because the bacteria is resistant to antibiotics, the fruit may have been contaminated with a lot of bacteria, or the bacteria was unusually virulent. This outbreak … [Read more...]

Deadly Fourth Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Maradol Papayas

A deadly fourth Salmonella outbreak linked to imported Maradol papayas has been reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this outbreak, linked to Salmonella Anatum infections, 14 people in 3 states are sick. Five people have been hospitalized. One person in California has died. Three other outbreaks are also linked to imported Maradol papayas. In those outbreaks, 215 people have been sickened. The case count by state is: Arizona (1), California (12), and Colorado (1). This outbreak is one of four separate outbreaks linked to Maradol papayas imported from Mexico. Illnesses started on dates ranging from December 20, 2017 to April 8, 2017. The patient age range is from less than 1 year to 85, with a median age of 38. Ninety-two percent of patients are … [Read more...]

CSPI Appeals FDA Decision to Not Release Salmonella Papaya Store Info

Center for Science in the Public Interest filed a Freedom of Information Act request to the FDA to get a list of retailers that sold the imported Maradol papayas linked to a deadly Salmonella outbreak. The FDA denied that request, so the agency is appealing the government's denial. As of last week, 201 people in 23 states are sickened in this outbreak. Sixty-five people have been hospitalized, and one person in New York City has died. The request for the retailers list was filed on August 17, 2017. The FDA said that it has 451 pages of documents that are "responsive to CSPI's request," but is withholding them, citing "exemptions for trade secret and confidential information. The FDA has said that consumers will have to ask retailers where the papayas they bought came … [Read more...]

Four People in Minnesota Sickened in Salmonella Papaya Outbreak

Four people in Minnesota have been sickened in the deadly Salmonella outbreak linked to imported Maradol papayas. Nationwide, at least 210 people in 23 states are sick with eight different strains of Salmonella bacteria. The CDC and FDA are both investigating this outbreak. Many of those who are sick are female and of Hispanic origin. As of September 1, 2017, three farms in Mexico have been identified as growing and the shipping the contaminated fruit. There are actually three outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to the papayas. The first outbreak, which was first identified by officials is Maryland, has sickened 201 people. The Salmonella strains in that outbreak are Thompson, Kiambu, Agona, and Gaminara. All of those sickened in Minnesota are part of that particular … [Read more...]

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