More maradol papaya salmonella reported, but no new LI cases

A nationwide salmonella poisoning outbreak spiked to 141 cases as of Friday, up from 109 on Tuesday, but no new cases have been reported on Long Island, health officials said.

The recent outbreak, first reported about two weeks ago, has been linked to yellow maradol papayas from a farm in Mexico, officials said.

Nassau County had eight reported cases earlier this week, but further testing revealed one of them was a different strain of salmonella, the county health department said. Suffolk County reported earlier this week it had three cases, and a state official said Friday there were no new cases outside New York City.

There have been 39 reported cases in New York State and 27 cases in New Jersey, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

The 66 cases in the bi-state area account for almost half the 141 cases nationwide, and the 26 cases reported in New York City are the highest of any locality, officials said.

Hispanics account for 67 percent of those infected, the CDC said, but it did not provide a geographical breakdown for those cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention referred questions about the distribution of cases — including four cases in Oklahoma and one in Wisconsin — to the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA declined to discuss the distribution of cases and said in an email that it, “is continuing to investigate and will post more information on our website as it becomes available.”

Yellow maradol papayas marketed under the brand names Caribeña, Cavi and Valery have been recalled by their distributors, the FDA said, adding that more brands may be announced as information becomes available.

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One distributor is in the South Bronx and two are in Texas, according to the FDA website.

The CDC had recommended earlier this month that people not eat any yellow maradol papayas from Mexico but has since changed that to recommend against eating yellow maradol papayas marketed under the Caribeña, Civa and Valery brands.

There has been one death linked to the outbreak, in New York City, and 45 cases nationwide have required hospitalization, according to the CDC and the New York City Department of Health.

Most people infected with the salmonella bacteria develop symptoms — including diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps — within 12 to 72 hours, health officials say.

It can be serious and sometimes fatal in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems, health officials say.

The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover, health officials say.

The Carioca de Campeche farm in Campeche, Mexico, appears to be the source of the outbreak, according to the FDA. The farm is on the Gulf of Mexico side of the Yucatán Peninsula.

The CDC said laboratory evidence using genetic testing has connected some of the illnesses to papaya from the farm.