CDC warns of salmonella infections traced to kratom

  • CDC warns of salmonella infections traced to kratom

CDC warns of salmonella infections traced to kratom

It also said 11 cases involve hospitalizations, and no related deaths reported. Three people in California have been sickened; the other affected states, including Utah, Oregon, Ohio and Pennsylvania, have had one or two cases. The American Kratom Association, which promotes access to the herb, is launching an online campaign this week, using the slogan #IamKratom, to increase support. While the agency noted that no common brands or suppliers had been identified, eight of 11 people interviewed had consumed kratom products.

Kratom is marketed as a plant-based supplement to treat pain, anxiety and depression but its similarities to opioids have raised concerns that it can be addictive and risky.

Salmonella is a bacteria that most commonly associated with foods like eggs and poultry, but in recent months it has been cropping up in usually unsuspected foods like spices.

If you've had food poisoning, you know what Salmonella feels like. Ill people in this outbreak report consuming kratom in pills, powder or tea.

Beginning in October, at least 28 people with salmonella infections have reported that they consumed kratom - in capsule, powder or tea forms - prior to developing symptoms including diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever and chills.

"Kratom should not be used to treat medical conditions, nor should it be used as an alternative to prescription opioids", Gottlieb said at the time.

Kratom products are very loosely regulated by the FDA. "In addition to this outbreak, kratom is an opioid; expected to have similar risk of addiction, abuse and death".

Kratom enthusiasts say it's enjoyable to use recreationally, but say it is also useful for treating withdrawal from opioid use and can be used to treat pain.

The only substance found in Dana's system was a high level of kratom, which the coroner said could have caused the hemorrhagic pulmonary edema that Dana died of.

Now, kratom has been linked with another troubling effect: Salmonella infection. In 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration tried to classify kratom in the same category as heroin but backed off after an intense public backlash.

The Washington State Department of Health sent out a warning Tuesday for residents to be vigilant after a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella cases.