Salmonella Cases Linked To Kratom Are Increasing, CDC Says

Leslie Hanson
March 16, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said 87 people are ill from 35 states including 27 hospitalisations. CDC's recommendation may change as more information becomes available.

Health officials continue to collect various leftover and unopened kratom products to test for Salmonella contamination. Fortunately, there have been no reports of deaths due to the salmonella outbreak.

So far, the 30 documented cases of salmonella have occurred in four provinces: two in Alberta, 17 in Ontario, seven in Quebec and four in New Brunswick. The outbreak strains have been found in samples collected from kratom and from ill persons. That is an increase of 47 more ill persons since the last update on March 2, 2018 and the addition of eight states. Testing of outbreak isolates using standard antibiotic susceptibility testing methods is now underway in CDC's National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) laboratory.

On March 10, Aromatics of Portland recalled kratom-containing powder products sold online between January 18 and February 18. Outbreak strains of Salmonella Okatie and Salmonella Thompson were identified in these samples.

Online sellers of the substance, which include Kraken Kratom, Phytoextractum, and Soul Speciosa, are participating in the recall and halting all shipments of the potentially contaminated product until the investigation into the source of the salmonella can be determined.

Forty of 55 people interviewed reported consuming kratom in pills, powder or tea.

Salmonella: Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation's leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. Its lawyers have won hundreds of millions of dollars for foodborne illness patients and their families, including a multimillion dollar verdict for a child harmed by Salmonella bacteria. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. In rare cases, complications from salmonella can become deadly.

Multiple strains of Salmonella are associated with illnesses in this outbreak.

People who have consumed kratom and have symptoms of Salmonella illness - which include severe or bloody diarrhea, fever, chills, abdominal discomfort, and occasionally vomiting - are advised by the department of health to contact their health care provider, being sure to mention any products they've consumed that may contain kratom.

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