Sixty-four people in eight US states have become ill this year from Salmonella related to healthy papaya imported from Mexico, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The diseases vary from mid-January to June 8, with the highest number occurring in April. Of those who have become ill, 23 have been admitted to hospital.
So far no deaths are reported.
Salmonella, which rarely affects how the food tastes or smells, lives in the intestinal tract of animals, including birds and humans.
CDC recommends people in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island to avoid eating whole, fresh papaya from Mexico. They also say they should not eat fruit salads or blends, including Mexican papaya.
If you meet papaya and have doubts about their country of origin, CDC says to be on the safe side and throw them out. The agency recommends washing and sanitizing places where papaya is stored, including worktops and refrigerator shelves.
At the same time, the US Food and Drug Administration wants importers, suppliers, distributors and other food suppliers to stop selling across all states of papaya imported from 19659008]. Years of outbreaks are related to the bacteria Salmonella Uganda serotype (species).
Those who are infected can develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after the first exposure. Patients recover themselves in less than a week, but some need to be hospitalized.
According to CDC data, 1.2 million Salmonella cases occur each year in the United States, with about 450 cases leading to death.