Kratom linked to Salmonella outbreak; CDC posts warning

by Jared Lewis February 22, 2018, 0:35
Kratom linked to Salmonella outbreak; CDC posts warning

In this outbreak, California has three cases; Ohio, Oregon, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Utah each have two; and Florida, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts and North Dakota each have one.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps that occur between 12 and 72 hours after infection, according to the CDC. Eight of 11 sick people interviewed had consumed kratom, the announcement says, leading the CDC to believe that supplies of the supplement may have been contaminated.

It said 11 people were sick enough to have been hospitalized.

Initial findings from the investigation, however, indicated that kratom is the source of the salmonella outbreak.

No normal brands or providers have been revealed by the examination, which is being led by the CDC alongside a few state wellbeing authorities and the US Food and Drug Administration. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] advocated consumers not to utilize Kratom based on the agency's discovery that it contained opioid compounds.

People with salmonella reported taking kratom pills, powders and teas, according to the CDC, which is investigating the outbreak.

"Today's action follows previous warnings from the FDA regarding kratom â€" a plant that grows in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. "At the same time, there's no evidence to indicate that kratom is safe or effective for any medical use." said Gottlieb. The regulator has earlier said it was aware of 36 deaths associated with the plant, however declined to say over what period the deaths occurred.

It is traditionally crushed and made into tea but is also chewed, smoked, or ingested in capsules.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb also urged manufacturers to stop selling products intended for human consumption if they contain kratom.

Kratom goes by a variety of names including Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, and Biak.

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