CDC: Maradol papaya linked to deadly Salmonella outbreak

Maradol Papaya: Maradol papayas are a large, oval fruit that weighs 3 or more pounds, with green skins that turn yellow when the fruit is ripe. The flesh inside the fruit is salmon-colored. (Image/info courtesy CDC)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A deadly outbreak of Salmonella has been linked to a particular type of papaya, and public health officials are asking people to avoid eating the fruit.

So far there have been 47 people infected with Salmonella across 12 states, the Centers for Disease Control said.

Officials said 12 of those people have been hospitalized, and one person from New York City has died.

Investigators from the CDC and Food & Drug Administration say the Maradol papaya is the likely source of the outbreak.

As the investigation continues, the CDC recommends that people avoid eating the Maradol papayas, and to sanitize any countertops or shelves where they were stored.

The recommendation also applies to any stores or restaurants that sell or prepare dishes using that particular type of papaya.

The Maradol papaya is described as a large, oval-shaped fruit that weighs 3 or more pounds. It has a green skin that turns yellow when the fruit is ripe. The flesh of the fruit is salmon-colored.

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