Although Idaho was not listed as one of the states the flagged pig ears are sold in, with so many people traveling over the summer months with their pets, precautions to avoid potential illness should be taken.
The epidemiological and traceback information collected thus far in the investigation indicates that Agroson's LLC of Bronx, New York, is the exclusive distributor of the imported papayas that likely made consumers from this outbreak sick. Most of the ill people in this outbreak are adults over 60 years old, the CDC said.
As of last week 71 cases have been reported in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Texas.
Illnesses started on dates ranging from January 14 to June 16 this year, but most have occurred since April.
If you aren't sure the papaya you bought is Cavi brand, you can ask the place of purchase.
Consumers in the USA should not eat any Cavi brand whole, fresh papayas; however, consumers no longer need to avoid other papayas imported from Mexico.
According to the Center for Disease Control, of the 24 people with available information, 17 or 71 percent of them reported contact with pig ear dog treats or with dogs who were fed pig ear dog treats.
The FDA advises that suppliers and distributors do not sell whole, fresh papayas from Agroson's LLC that are labeled under the Cavi brand.
CDC officials say those who are at risk for being infected should wash their hands thoroughly after handling dog treats, don't let pets lick your mouth or face after eating treats, and keep small children away from the treats.
Most people recover without treatment, but some people may need to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body.