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Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Agona Infections Linked to Whole, Fresh Imported Papayas

Persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Agona, by date of illness onset*

Chart showing bar graph indicating numbers of peopleinfected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Agona, by date of illness onset

Onset data not currently available for all persons with reported illness.

*n=96 for whom information was reported as of 7/22/2011

Salmonella Agona

Among persons for whom information is available, illnesses began on or after January 17, 2011. Ill persons range in age from less than 1 year old to 91 years old, and the median age is 19 years old.  Forty-one percent of patients are younger than 5 years old. Sixty percent are female. Ten patients were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

The outbreak can be visually described with a chart showing the number of people who became ill each day. This chart is called an epi curve. The number of reported cases increased slowly from January to June 2011.  Illnesses that occurred after June 19, 2011, might not be reported yet due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported. This takes an average of 2 to 3 weeks. Please see the Timeline for Reporting of Salmonella Cases for more details.

 
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