The Maryland Department of Health collected papaya samples from the grocery store associated with the illness cluster to test for the presence of Salmonella
. One sample contained the outbreak strain Salmonella
Kiambu, and another sample tested for Salmonella
Thompson. Both samples were Caribeña brand Maradol papayas that had been imported from Mexico. According to the CDC, whole genome sequencing found that the Salmonella
Kiambu papaya isolate “is closely related genetically” to the Salmonella
Kiambu isolated from the infected individuals. “The result provides more evidence that people in this outbreak got sick from eating contaminated Maradol papayas,” the CDC states.
The CDC is in the process of gathering additional data “to determine whether the recent Salmonella
Thompson illness in Maryland is part of this multistate outbreak.”
In the meantime, Grande Produce issued a voluntary recall
on Wednesday for Caribeña brand Maradol papayas with distribution dates between July 10, 2017 and July 19, 2017. As such, the Maryland Department of Health and the CDC have issued warnings
to consumers to not consume any Caribeña brand Maradol papayas. The CDC is also warning restaurants to avoid serving the papayas in their establishments, and retailers not to sell them. If consumers have the papayas in their households, the FDA is advising that they should dispose of them immediately.
Health officials are continuing laboratory surveillance to identify any additional infected individuals and the FDA is working with regulatory officials to pinpoint the exact point in the supply chain that allowed for contamination.
To see which states have been hit by the multistate Salmonella
outbreak, be sure to check the Contagion® Outbreak Monitor
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