October 17, 2017

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...]

The FDA Weighs In on The Deadly Papaya Salmonella Outbreak

The FDA has updated its information on the deadly Salmonella outbreak linked to imported Maradol papayas. Increased testing by the FDA has found papayas from two farms positive for Salmonella strains that matched illnesses not related to the initial outbreak. So the FDA is telling consumers not to eat Maradol papayas from these farms in Mexico: Carica de Campeche in Tenabo, Campeche, Mexico; Caraveo Produce in Tecomán, Colima, Mexico; and El Zapotanito in La Huerta, Jalisco, Mexico. No papayas are currently on the market from these farms because their shelf life has passed, but the agency is continuing traceback and trace forward activities. Other importers may have sourced papayas from those farms. Three brand of Maradol papayas have been recalled:  Caribeña brand, distributed … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Best BBQ in Chicago, Illinois Sickens 14

A Salmonella outbreak at Best BBQ at 1648 West 115th Street in Morgan Park in Chicago has been identified by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). At least 14 people are sick in this outbreak. And at least six people have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so severe. The Chicago Department of Public Health is recommending that anyone who ate at that restaurant recently and is suffering the symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning see a doctor as soon as possible. Tell the doctor you may have this foodborne illness. CDPH Commissioner Dr. Julie Morita said, "This is a serious condition that is treatable. Anyone who believes they may be symptomatic and ate at this restaurant should see their medical provider immediately. CDPH is taking every precaution as part of … [Read more...]

Salmonella Papaya Outbreak Case Count Increases to 210

The multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to imported Maradol papayas has now sickened at least 201 people in 23 states. One person in New York City has died. Since the last update on August 18, 2017, 28 more people have been sickened and two more states have reported ill persons: Florida and South Carolina. And the CDC says there are two more Salmonella outbreaks linked to papayas that were imported from two other farms in Mexico. A total of nine people are sickened in those two outbreaks, for a total of 210. The case count by state in the main outbreak is: Connecticut (7), Delaware (4), Florida (1), Iowa (2), Illinois (5), Kentucky (4), Louisiana (1), Maryland (9), Massachusetts (8), Michigan (1), Minnesota (4), Missouri (1), North Carolina (6), New Jersey (39), New York (61), … [Read more...]

Salmonella Agbeni Outbreak Linked to Pet Turtles

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released information about a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Agbeni infections that are linked to pet turtles.  As of August 29, 2017, there are 37 people sick in 13 states. Sixteen people have been hospitalized, which is a very high percentage for this type of outbreak. Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 1, 2017 to August 3, 2017. Of 33 people who have been interviewed, 16 have been hospitalized. That hospitalization rate of almost 50% is more than double the usual rate of 22% for most Salmonella outbreaks. Twelve, or 32%, of ill persons are children under the age of 5. No deaths have been reported. Epidemiologic and laboratory findings link the outbreak to contact with turtles or their environment, such as … [Read more...]

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