Kratom Salmonella Outbreak Numbers Spike

CDC Salmonella infections linked to Kratom

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Kratom is typically taken as a supplement for its stimulant and opioid substitute properties.

The recent salmonella outbreak has affected 47 more individuals, this time linked to products containing the Southeast Asian plant kratom, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday.

Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that kratom is the likely source of this multistate outbreak. It is also sold as a dietary supplement in the form of pills and powder, or the leaves can be crushed to make tea.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from January 21, 2017 to February 24, 2018.

The case count by state is: Alaska (1) Alabama (1), Arizona (4), California (6), Colorado (2), DE (1), Florida (3), Georgia (2), IL (2), IN (1), Kansas (1), Kentucky (3), Louisiana (1), MA (2), Maryland (1), MI (3), Minnesota (2), Missouri (2), MS (1), North Carolina (4), North Dakota (1), Nevada (1), NY (2), OH (4), Oklahoma (3), OR (4), Pennsylvania (2), SC (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (1), Utah (3), Virginia (4), Washington (10), Wisconsin (6), and West Virginia (1). Ill people range in age from 6 to 67 years, with a median age of 41. No deaths have been reported.

If you have consumed kratom and have symptoms of Salmonella, such as severe or bloody diarrhea, fever, chills, abdominal discomfort, and occasionally vomiting, you should contact your health care provider.

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The CDC's initial announcement identified 28 people who fell sick across 20 states between October 12, 2017 and January 308. This takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks.

No single common brand or supplier of kratom products has been identified, the health department said.

Investigators in OR and Utah collected kratom powder from retail locations and online retailers where ill people reported purchasing kratom. Investigators are also interviewing patients and asking them where they purchased the product.

For now, the CDC advises against consumption of Kratom in any form as officials investigate the issue.

Online sellers of the substance, which include Kraken Kratom, Phytoextractum, and Soul Speciosa, are participating in the recall and halting all shipments of the potentially contaminated product until the investigation into the source of the salmonella can be determined.

The investigation is ongoing and more cases may be detected.

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