This summer has been particularly hot for almost every part of the world. North Eastern states of the US have been struggling to keep up with the constant temperatures reaching near 100 F. There were severe heat strokes reported in Moscow, Russia, which lead to some deaths and many hospitalizations. Nothing brings relief like cold drinks in this scorching summer season, such as carbonated soda, juices, slush, smoothies, etc. Smoothies have become particularly popular drink, but you should be careful as according to a latest report they are linked to outbreak of typhoid fever in the US.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seven cases have been confirmed – three in California and four in Nevada. Two more California cases are being investigated and five people were hospitalized. The victims range in age from 4 to 31.
- five of the victims drank milkshakes or smoothies made with frozen mamey (ma-MAY’) fruit pulp
- Four of them used pulp sold by Goya Foods Inc. of Secaucus, N.J.
- No other food was linked to the illnesses, which occurred between April and July.
A sample from one package found in Las Vegas tested positive for the bacteria that causes typhoid, the Food and Drug Administration reported Wednesday.
What is Mamey?
Mamey is a sweet, reddish tropical fruit grown mainly in Central and South America. It is also known as zapote or sapote. As per CDC, it is peeled and mashed to make pulp.
Has infected food recalled?
The company has recalled packages of the pulp, sold in mostly western states. The recalled mamey pulp was sold in 14-ounce plastic packages...
in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.
What is Typhoid and its symptoms?
Typhoid fever is caused by a type of bacteria called Salmonella typhi and can be fatal. Symptoms include a sustained fever as high as 103 to 104 degrees, along with headache, weakness, stomach pains or loss of appetite. Some patients have a rash of flat, rose-colored spots. It can be treated with antibiotics.
How long does it take to see symptoms of typhoid after consuming a smoothie?
Dr. Ezra Barzilay, the CDC epidemiologist said that it can take between three days to eight weeks for an infected person to develop symptoms.
Is Typhoid common in the US?
No, typhoid is rare in the United States. There are only about 400 cases annually, and most people caught it while traveling abroad, as developing countries have much more cases of typhoid.
Food borne diseases is one of the major reasons for bacterial infections. While you enjoy your favorite drink to ward off the heat, be cautious of the recalled smoothie products.