By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on the multistate outbreak of Salmonella Uganda linked to papayas, federal health officials reports epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicates that Cavi brand whole, fresh papayas imported from Mexico are a likely source of this outbreak.

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As of July 3, 2019, a total of 71 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Uganda have been reported from 8 states, an increase of nine cases from the last report one week ago.

The states affected include New York (27), New Jersey (18), Connecticut (14), Massachusetts (5), Pennsylvania (4) and one each from Florida, Rhode Island and Texas.

Twenty-seven people have been hospitalized. No deaths attributed to Salmonella have been reported.

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The FDA and regulatory officials in several states collected records from grocery stores where ill people reported buying papayas. These records showed that Cavi brand papayas were sold at multiple grocery stores where ill people bought papayas. Cavi brand papayas distributed by Agroson’s LLC of Bronx, New York, would have been available for purchase by cases in the time prior to illness at these stores.

Consumers should not eat Cavi brand whole, fresh papayas imported from Mexico. The investigation is ongoing.

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