Papayas blamed for deadly salmonella outbreak

Posted at 1:40 PM, Jul 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-24 09:49:00-04

(CNN) - Take a closer look at the papayas in your kitchen.

The Food and Drug Administration urged people not to eat the Caribena brand of Maradol papayas.

The papayas were linked to a salmonella outbreak that's sickened at least 47 people in 12 states - Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

Twelve of those affected have been hospitalized, and at least one of the victims has died.

Caribena brand papayas come from Mexico. They are distributed by a Grande Produce in San Juan, TX, and have a red, green and yellow sticker.

The FDA is asking people to throw out the papayas in question.

Meantime, officials are investigating if other brands are linked to the outbreak.

Most infected people suffer from diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, which usually lasts four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment.

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