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Stay away from the papaya that are making people sick

A salmonella outbreak includes a few Minnesota cases

Tainted papaya from Mexico have made more than 100 Americans sick with a couple different types of salmonella infections, the CDC said Tuesday

Officials say they've identified the farm in Campeche, Mexico that shipped the contaminated papaya. 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled three brands of the fruit – Caribeña, Cavi, and Valery – and they say they're checking to make sure no other brands have papaya from the Carica de Campeche farm. 

To be safe, though, they're saying you should not eat papaya from anywhere in Mexico. 

How do you know if a papaya is from Mexico?

The sticker on the fruit should say where the papaya is from, the CDC says. If it doesn't you should ask the store that's selling it where it came from.

Restaurant owners should ask their supplier. 

If you have any of the recalled papaya in your refrigerator, throw it out and be sure to wash out the drawer or shelf where it was stored. 

How bad is the outbreak?

The latest numbers show 109 people in the U.S. have come down with salmonella from the papaya. They've mapped the cases here. Four are in Minnesota, with two in Iowa and one in Wisconsin. New York and New Jersey together have more than half the cases. 

The CDC says 35 of the cases have sent people to the hospital and one person died in New York. 

The FDA tells the Associated Press it's not clear yet how the papaya on the Mexican farm got contaminated. They've added the farm to an import alert that lets agents at the border stop any of their produce from entering the country.

About salmonella 

People usually get sick anywhere from 12 hours to three days after being exposed to salmonella bacteria. 

The main symptoms are diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, the CDC says, and they normally last from four to seven days. 

Most of the time people recover without any treatment. But in severe cases the infection can spread from the intestines into the blood. That's when people need to go the the hospital.

Salmonella is most dangerous to people who are younger than five, older than 65, or have weakened immune systems. 

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