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July 21, 2017: Papaya Salmonella Outbreak

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Papaya Salmonella Outbreak

On July 21, 2017, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an Announcement informing the public of an ongoing investigation by multiple federal and state health agencies into a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Kiambu infections. Evidence collected to date indicates that Maradol papayas are a likely source of the outbreak of Salmonella. At this time, Caribeña brand papayas from Mexico have been identified as a brand linked to these illnesses. The FDA has also noted that “there are illnesses in states where Grande Produce did not distribute papayas and is continuing its investigation.”

Forty-Seven People Sickened Over Twelve States

As of July 21, 2017, forty-seven people among twelve states were infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Kiambu. Of the 47 people infected, twelve have been hospitalized. One Salmonella-related death has been reported from New York City.

According to CDC findings, illnesses started on dates ranging from May 17, 2017 to June 28, 2017. The CDC reports that “Ill people range in age from less than 1 year to 95, with a median age of 27. Among ill people, 67% are female. Among 31 people with available information, 18 (58%) are of Hispanic ethnicity.”

Illness occurred in 12 states: Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Maryland (5), Massachusetts (1), Minnesota (1), New Jersey (12), New York (13), Pennsylvania (4), Texas (1), Utah (1), and Virginia (6).

The Weinberg Law Firm Food Poisoning Lawyers

The Weinberg Law Firm has assisted hundreds of food poisoning victims and their families obtain compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Our firm has represented those injured by contaminated food products, including for example, the Veggie Booty Salmonella outbreak and the ConAgra peanut butter Salmonella outbreak; and those injured after eating at fast food restaurants, including for example, the Arby’s Salmonella outbreak in Valdosta, GA. We recently obtained a $700,000 settlement on behalf of a client who contracted salmonellosis after eating at a New Jersey restaurant.

Salmonella Food Poisoning Symptoms and Complications

Symptoms of Salmonella infection may include diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain. Symptoms usually appear 6 to 72 hours after the ingestion of contaminated food.

While most people recover within 4 to 7 days, diarrhea and vomiting may become so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In more severe cases, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and other body sites. A small number of people who are infected with Salmonella will develop Reiter’s Syndrome, also referred to as “reactive arthritis.”

The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to suffer severe salmonellosis symptoms and its complications.

Diagnosis of Salmonella Food Poisoning

If you are experiencing Salmonella food poisoning symptoms, contact your healthcare professional. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm Salmonella infection, and provide you with the best advice concerning your health.

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