Goya Frozen Mamey Fruit Salmonella Typhi -Typhoid Fever outbreak
An outbreak of typhoid fever in California and Nevada has been traced to Goya brand frozen mamey pulp. The CDC has identified 5 people in California and 4 in Southern Nevada with Typhoid fever linked to the outbreak. Typhoid fever is caused by infection with Salmonella Typhi, and can be a life-threatening disease. It is very rare in the US, with only about 400 cases reported each year. It can take up to 8 weeks for someone who has been infected to show symptoms, so it is very likely that the numbers in this outbreak will grow. La Nuestra brand also recently recalled its frozen mamey pulp.
Mamey is also called sapote or zapote, and is a tropical fruit grown primarily in Central and South America. It is prepared by removing the inner seed and consuming the flesh raw, or adding it to milkshakes, jellies, or other foods or beverages. When preparing frozen mamey fruit pulp, it is peeled and mashed, and then consumed as a shake or smoothie. Frozen mamey pulp is available in grocery stores throughout the US. Packages have a shelf life of 2-3 years. The product has been recalled from grocery stores, and consumers should check their freezers.
Fruiti Pops of Santa Fe Springs has recalled their frozen fruit bars that use the product.
CDC says anyone who suspects they might have Typhoid Fever should see a doctor immediately. The symptoms are a sustained fever, which can be as high as 103° to 104° F (39° to 40° C), weakness, or stomach pains, headache, loss of appetite, diarrhea or constipation, and in some cases, a rash of flat, rose-colored spots. Anyone who might have consumed the product or been around someone who has should visit their health care professional to determine if they are infected with Salmonella, and if they are a part of this outbreaks.
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