Kratom linked to multistate Salmonella outbreak

Feb 22, 2018, 00:33
Kratom linked to multistate Salmonella outbreak

But genetic testing links the cases that have been reported. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. A member of the coffee family, kratom grows natively in Southeast Asia where its leaves are well-known for their psychoactive effects. Products made up of kratom plants are sold in the United States in the form of capsules, energy drinks, pills and powders.

Now, the CDC is urging Americans to steer clear of all forms kratom which they say is the culprit in salmonella infections in 20 states.

A number of kratom-containing dietary supplements are being recalled and destroyed by the manufacturer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday. The outbreak, which began in October, has resulted in at least 11 people being admitted to hospitals for treatment, but no deaths have been reported. "We appreciate the cooperation of companies now marketing any kratom product for human consumption to take swift action to remove these products from circulation to protect the public". "The scientific data and adverse event reports have "clearly revealed" that compounds in kratom render it more risky than 'just a plant'".

Notwithstanding lightening torment, kratom is expended for its stimulant impacts and used to treat heroin or morphine reliance, as it is said to lessen withdrawal desires. The agency has received reports concerning the safety of kratom, including deaths that are potentially associated with it.

Gottlieb acknowledged that some may be using kratom to wean themselves off of more powerful opioids.

"The investigation indicates that kratom products could be contaminated with Salmonella and could make people sick", the CDC said.

The CDC report is the latest in a string of advisories about kratom issued by federal agencies including the Food and Drug Administration, which likened the substance to an addictive opioid, and the Drug Enforcement Agency, which moved to criminalize it.