62 people sickened after eating salmonella-contaminated papayas

  • Wednesday 03, July 2019 10:28 AM
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: More than 60 people have gotten sick in the U.S. this year after eating salmonella-contaminated papayas.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that 62 people in eight states have become infected with the uganda serotype of the salmonella bacteria. Twenty-three of those who got sick were hospitalised. The outbreak has been linked to the consumption of fresh papayas imported from Mexico.

According to the Mayo Clinic, salmonella bacteria typically live in the intestinal tracts of humans and animals, and are shed through feces. Humans become infected mostly through contaminated water or food.

The CDC reports that symptoms typically show 12 to 72 hours after infection, and may include abdominal cramps, high fever, and diarrhea.

It usually lasts from 4 to 7 days, with patients recovering without treatment. But complications arise when the infection leaves the intestinal tract and enters the bloodstream.