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Papayas Linked to Multistate Salmonella Outbreak

SPRINGFIELD, ILL.–(ENEWSPF)–July 26, 2011.  The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 17 cases of Salmonella Agona in Illinois, which are linked to a multistate outbreak believed to be associated with papayas from Mexico. Of the 17 cases in Illinois, eight hospitalizations have been reported. Cases have been reported in the following areas: Chicago-5, Cook-suburban-4, DuPage-4, Kane-1, Lake-1, Will-1 and Winnebago-1.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are using DNA analysis of Salmonella bacteria to identify cases of illness that may be part of this outbreak, which has infected a total of 97 people in 23 states between January 1 and July 18, 2011.

Agromod Produce, Inc. of McAllen, Texas is voluntarily recalling all Blondie, Yaya, Mañanita, and Tastylicious brand papayas distributed nationwide and to Canada through retail stores and wholesalers prior to July 23, 2011. Recent sampling by the FDA found the outbreak strain in two papaya samples collected at Agromod Produce, Inc. in Texas and at the U.S. border destined for Agromod Produce, Inc. The shipments that tested positive with the outbreak strain were not distributed in the U.S. Product distribution has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased the Blondie, Yaya, Mañanita, and Tastylicious brand papayas should throw the fruit out or return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (800) 385-7658.

Salmonella bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms may include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Symptoms usually appear six to 72 hours after ingestion of the bacteria, but can be longer. If you are currently ill with diarrhea and fever and have eaten these papayas, contact your health care provider and local health department.

For more information, go to www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm265166.htm.

Source: idph.state.il.us

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