CDC warn about Kratom for Salmonella diseases

Powders capsules and teas made from the herbal alternative kratom have been linked to salmonella infections in 28 people in the US the CDC announced Tuesday

Kratom supplements have a new side effect: Salmonella

CDC reported Tuesday that more than two dozen people in 20 states are believed to have been sickened by contaminated kratom. The vast majority contaminated with salmonella create indications - including loose bowels, fever and stomach spasms - inside 12 to 72 hours of presentation to the microscopic organisms.

Unfortunately, investigators haven't been able to identify any particular supplier or brand behind the outbreaks at this time, so it is best to exercise caution and not consume any kratom products. 11 people nationwide have been hospitalized.

"Epidemiological evidence indicates that kratom is a likely source of this multi-state outbreak", the agency said. The agency also began taking action to prevent dietary supplements containing kratom from entering the US.

In 2016 the Drug Enforcement Administration touched off a firestorm when it announced that on an emergency basis it was going to unilaterally classify ingredients in the supplement as a Schedule I drug.

The federal agency had received confirmation of 28 people across 20 states with infections from Salmonella I 4, [5], 12:b:- as of February 16, according to the outbreak notice posted today.

Still, concern about kratom is mounting, especially because some people appear to be using the supplement as a way to step down from opioid painkillers like heroin and morphine.

Last month, the FDA released a new warning officially classifying the supplement as an opioid based on a series of case reports and computer models. FDA warned the public in November 2017 that the plant has the same risks of abuse and addiction as opioids. Kratom has different names such as Kakuam, Biak, Ketom, Thom and Thang. The ill people reportedly consumed kratom in pills, capsules, powder, or tea.

Kratom is said to help ease opioid withdrawal, but is sometimes used recreationally. 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.

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