The Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are working together on a multi-state Salmonella outbreak associated with Caribena brand yellow Maradol papayas. The FDA is working to recall the papayas.
The agencies report that the outbreak has infected at least 47 people in 12 states, including New York. Ten cases and one death have been reported in New York City.
Most people infected with Salmonella develop the following signs and symptoms 12-72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria:
• Abdominal cramp
The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.
Make sure to wash and sanitize countertops as well as drawers or shelves in refrigerators where papayas were stored. If you aren’t sure if the papaya you bought is a yellow Maradol papaya, you can ask the place of purchase. Restaurants and retailers can ask their supplier.
You should not eat yellow Maradol papayas until authorities learn more about where the contaminated papayas came from. When in doubt, throw them out.