Asian herb kratom suspected as source of salmonella outbreak

Mary Esch  AP

Kratom is an unregulated supplement that people use as an opioid substitute and a stimulant. Despite the fact that no passings have been accounted for, 11 individuals have been hospitalized.

Kratom should not be consumed in any form, the CDC said, because the source of salmonella contamination has not been identified.

In previous statements, Gottlieb said the FDA needs to weigh all available evidence and ask whether the use of kratom could increase the opioid epidemic, yet he also acknowledged that if the proponents are right, kratom could be used as an alternate tool to treat the addiction. Three people in California have been sickened; the other affected states, including Utah, Oregon, Ohio and Pennsylvania, have had one or two cases.

Salmonella is usually transmitted when people eat foods contaminated with animal feces that carry the bacteria. Individual to-individual transmission can happen if a uninfected individual comes into coordinate contact with someone else.

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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. Patients first reported feeling sick October 13, but the most recently reported illness began on January 30. But genetic testing links the cases that have been reported.

State and federal officials are investigating the outbreak but have not yet identified specific kratom brands or suppliers. Recently, the FDA has supported a kratom crackdown, saying the botanical is potentially risky and addictive. It issued a public health advisory in November about health risks of the herbal supplement. Some scientists have challenged the FDA's description of kratom as too broad. The substance is often consumed for stimulant or pain-relieving effects, and it was briefly targeted by the DEA, resulting in a temporary hiatus in the U.S. market.

The investigation is ongoing, the CDC said. Kratom has found a following in the United States, where there are 3 million to 5 million users, according to the American Kratom Association.

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