NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Health officials have issued a warning about a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a tropical fruit.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says Caribena brand yellow Maradol papayas have sickened 47 people nationwide.READ MORE: 1 Injured In Manhole Fire In Midtown; FDNY, Utility Crews On Scene
Maradol papaya has green skin that turns yellow when the fruit is ripe, and the flesh inside is salmon colored.
“If you’re buying a papaya, you need to ask whoever you’re buying it from or where you’re eating what kind of papayas they have,” Demetre Daskalakis, with the city’s health department, told WCBS 880’s Mike Sugerman. “But the answer is: That’s the one to be avoided.”
12 patients have been hospitalized, including one in New York City who later died.
The Food and Drug Administration is working with the company on a recall.READ MORE: Police: 2 Men Wanted In Violent Queens Home Invasion Stole $3,000 From Woman At Gunpoint
Most people infected with salmonella develop symptoms of diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria.
The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment.
In some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In rarer cases, a salmonella infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.
The city DOH urges New Yorkers to “not eat yellow Maradol papayas until we learn more about where the contaminated papayas came from.”MORE NEWS: 2nd Co-Op City Power Outage Affecting Residents In Same Buildings That Lost Electricity Friday
For more information on the outbreak from the CDC, CLICK HERE.