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Latest News:  Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Kratom Powders, Pills and Teas
(Date Posted: 2/20/2018)

On February 20, 2018, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) warned consumers not to use kratom in any form because it could be contaminated with Salmonella. The CDC is currently investigating an outbreak of illness caused by Salmonella infection associated with the use of kratom. To date, 28 cases of illness in 20 states have been reported in individuals who have used kratom powders, pills or tea. Eleven people were hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. 

Cases of illness have been reported in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah between October 13, 2017 to January 30, 2018. However, the CDC warns that illnesses that occurred after January 23, 2018, might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported. 

No common brands or suppliers of kratom products have been identified as the source of the contamination; therefore the CDC is recommending consumers not consume any kratom product. 

Salmonella is an organism that has been linked to fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly adults, and people with weakened immune systems. In healthy adults, Salmonella can produce fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Kratom, also known as Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, and Biak, is often sold as powdered leaves or extract in loose powder, tea, capsules or liquids, and is promoted for energy, pain relief or to help ease opioid withdrawal. The active compounds in kratom are opioids which can have effects similar to morphine and heroin. Although the CDC's warning focuses on the risk of illness due to Salmonella contamination, consumption of kratom has also been associated with adverse effects associated with its opioid properties. Consuming kratom can cause agitation, irritability, tachycardia, nausea, drowsiness, and hypertension. Health risks found in kratom abusers include hepatotoxicity, psychosis, seizure, weight loss, insomnia, tachycardia, vomiting, poor concentration, hallucinations, and death. Earlier this month, the FDA announced it was aware of 44 kratom-related deaths

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