13 cases of Salmonella in Washington state linked to herbal drug kratom

April 6, 2018 | By | Reply More

Thirteen cases of Salmonella infections in Washington state have been linked to the herbal drug Kratom, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

Kratom is a plant consumed for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute. Kratom is also known as Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, and Biak.

CDC recommends that people not consume any brand of kratom in any form because it could be contaminated with Salmonella.

Kratom products from several companies have been recalled because they might be contaminated with Salmonella. The list of recalled kratom products is available on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.

According to the CDC:

  • Most people infected with the bacteria develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most individuals recover without treatment.
  • In some cases, diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites.
  • In these cases, Salmonella can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness1

A total of 132 people in 38 states have been infected with the current outbreak strains of Salmonella, CDC officials said. Forty percent of ill people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

To learn more about Salmonella go here.

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Category: Drugs, Kratom, Salmonella

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