Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
In an update from officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Friday, the number of people sickened in the salmonella outbreak involving Maradol papayas has grown.
A total of 109 people from 16 states have been infected in the salmonella outbreak as of Aug. 3, the CDC said in a news release. The states involved are CT, DE, IA, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, NC, NJ, NY, OK, PA, TX, VA, and WI.
One death has been reported, and 35 people have been hospitalized, according to the CDC.
An additional strain of salmonella tied to Maradol papayas imported from Mexico has also been discovered, the CDC reported.
The FDA has found salmonella strains in other papayas from Carica de Campeche farm, which expands the original recall notice that urged consumers to avoid Caribeña brand Maradol papayas, distributed by Grande Produce.
The CDC and FDA are continuing their investigation to determine where in the supply chain the papayas became contaminated.