The deadly Salmonella outbreak that has been traced to maradol papayas from Mexico is spreading, with 32 more victims confirmed in the past week and three more states reporting illnesses.
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".
Centers for Disease Control said OH was one of three new states reporting this week, in an expanding outbreak that started earlier this month.
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.
There have been cases in three more states since the previous outbreak update August 4; people have fallen ill in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.
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.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -based HLB Specialties has asked retailers and media to highlight variety, grower and country of origin information about papayas due to an ongoing salmonella outbreak being linked to maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico.
Valery brand, distributed by Freshtex Produce of Alamo, TX. They have green skin that turns yellow when ripe; inside, the fruit is salmon-colored.
An increasing number of people have been sickened by eating papaya now traced to the farm, US public health officials said in an update on the outbreak first reported more than two weeks ago, according to the Associated Press. When in doubt, don't eat it; just throw it out. Areas where Maradol papayas have been stored should also be thoroughly sanitized.
The FDA's warning is even broader.
"Papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm tested positive for Salmonella Kiambu, Salmonella Thompson, Salmonella Agona, Salmonella Senftenberg, and Salmonella Gaminara", the FDA reported. Public health officials expect that number to continue to increase. However, illnesses occurring after July 14 may not have been reported yet.