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Papayas are offered at the farmer's fair in Tegucigalpa on November 19, 2016. (Photo credit ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

ATLANTA — Health officials are urging residents in some Northeast states to discard fresh papayas imported from Mexico because they’ve been linked to an outbreak of salmonella.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the affected produce was apparently sold in Massachusetts, Rhode Island New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Connecticut has the 2nd highest number of cases, with 14. New York has the most, with 24.

The CDC says 62 people have fallen ill since January. Most of the illnesses occurred from April onward.

Twenty-three of the people affected have been hospitalized but there have been no reported deaths. The largest numbers of cases is in New York, followed by Connecticut.

The agency also recommends sanitizing places where papayas were stored, such as countertops and refrigerators. Salmonella causes diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps that can last up to a week. Most people recover without treatment.

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