Kratom Products Contaminated With Salmonella Have Now Made 87 People Sick

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- Infections Linked to Kratom Products | February 2018 | Salmonella | CDC

One wholesaler, PDX Aromatics, did recall several kratom products from three brands on Saturday.

Health officials are warning people to not consume Kratom in any form.

Kratom is a plant native to Southeast Asia that is used for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute.

Kratom - also known as Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, and Biak - is a plant used as a dietary supplement in the form of pills, powders, capsules and tea made of ground-up leaves from the plant.

Multiple strains of Salmonella are associated with illnesses in this outbreak.

People who have consumed kratom and have symptoms of Salmonella illness (severe or bloody diarrhea, fever, chills, abdominal discomfort, and occasionally vomiting) should contact their health care provider, being sure to mention any products they've consumed that may contain kratom. Two people in Minnesota were sickened after consuming kratom powder according to the report.

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One of the cases was hospitalized and both have recovered. Symptoms of salmonella can begin 12 to 72 hours after a person is infected.

Salmonella: Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation's leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. Infections usually clear in five to seven days, but approximately 28 percent of laboratory-confirmed cases require hospitalization. More than 25 people had to go to the hospital due to their infections.

You can find more information on Salmonella here.

At least 87 people in 35 states have become sick.

US officials have linked a salmonella outbreak across the U.S.to kratom, a plant that is used to treat pain and anxiety and acts like an opioid.

The CDC said consumers who bought kratom-containing products between January 18 and February 18 can return the products for a refund. "FDA is concerned that kratom, which affects the same opioid brain receptors as morphine, appears to have properties that expose users to the risks of addiction, abuse, and dependence", the agency said on its website.

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