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CDC identifies Cavi brand papayas as likely source of salmonella outbreak in 8 states including NJ

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that Cavi brand whole, fresh papayas “are likely the source” of a salmonella outbreak.

Consumers in the U.S. should not eat, serve or sell any Cavi brand whole, fresh papayas, the CDC said.

The CDC continues to investigate the multistate outbreak of salmonella infections that has sickened 71 people in eight states since January 14.

So far 27 people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported, the CDC said.

Eighteen cases have been reported in New Jersey. Other cases have been reported in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Texas. Most of the sick people in this outbreak are adults over 60, the CDC said.

The illnesses started on dates ranging from January 14, 2019, to June 16, 2019 and most illnesses have occurred since April 2019.

The CDC warning replaces the one from June, where the agency recommended consumers avoid all papayas imported from Mexico.

The Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicates that Cavi brand whole, fresh papayas distributed by Agroson’s LLC are a likely source of this outbreak, CDC said.

Restaurants, retailers, and other food service providers from all states should not sell or serve any Cavi brand papayas, which are distributed by Agroson’s LLC. Importers, suppliers, and distributors should not sell Cavi brand papayas distributed by Agroson’s LLC.

Symptoms of Salmonella Infection:

  • Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.
  • The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
  • In some people, the illness may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonellainfection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body.
  • Children younger than 5 years, pregnant women, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

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(Photo: Courtesy The CDC)

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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