An outbreak of the potentially deadly disease salmonella in 12 states has authorities working hard to get a handle on the situation.
A total of 47 people in 12 states have fallen ill with the potentially deadly disease known as salmonella, and authorities think they are connected to the sale of yellow Maradol papayas. A dozen people have been hospitalized in the outbreak, and one person has died, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Symptoms began between May 17 and June 28 for the patients, although its possible some people got ill after June 23 and were not included due to the delay between contraction of an illness and when symptoms show up. Salmonella symptoms, which can include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramping, typically begin 12 to 72 hours after infection.
The disease typically lasts for four to seven days, and most people are able to recover without any medical treatment. However, the young, the elderly, or those with compromised immune systems face potentially deadlier complications.
“As of July 21, 2017, 47 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Kiambu have been reported from 12 states,” the CDC statement reads. “A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on the Case Count Map page. WGS showed that isolates from people infected with Salmonella Kiambu are closely related genetically. This close genetic relationship means that people in this outbreak are more likely to share a common source of infection.
“Illnesses started on dates ranging from May 17, 2017 to June 28, 2017. Ill people range in age from less than 1 year to 95, with a median age of 27. Among ill people, 67% are female. Among 31 people with available information, 18 (58%) are of Hispanic ethnicity. Among 33 people with available information, 12 (36%) report being hospitalized. One death was reported from New York City.”