Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
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Minnesotans suffer salmonella infections after taking kratom stimulant

Minnesotans suffer salmonella infections after taking kratom stimulant

Washington state Department of Health announced today that the Salmonella outbreak linked to kratom has widened and 10 people in Washington - one of whom is a woman in her 30s in Walla Walla County - have been sickened to date. In total, there have been 87 identified cases in 35 different states.

More serious invasive infections (for example, blood stream infections, meningitis, osteomyelitis) occasionally occur. "FDA is concerned that kratom, which affects the same opioid brain receptors as morphine, appears to have properties that expose users to the risks of addiction, abuse, and dependence", the agency said on its website. In 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) nearly classified it as a Schedule 1 drug.

Health officials alerted the kratom supplier PDX Aromatics of contamination when one of their products used by a person sick with salmonella tested positive for the strain found across the country. The patient age range is from 6 to 67 years. That number increased to 40 people in 27 states by March 1.

People can purchase kratom online or from special botanical herb stores. Outbreak strains of Salmonella Okatie and Salmonella Thompson were identified in these samples.

In this photo illustration, capsules of the drug Kratom are seen on May 10, 2016 in Miami, Florida.

Kratom is sold as a dietary supplement in various forms.

The outbreak hasn't been isolated to a single product or version of kratom, which also is called Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, or Biak, according to a state news release.

So far, Salmonella infections have resulted in several illnesses linked to poultry, including frozen, raw breaded products. Testing of four clinical isolates using standard antibiotic susceptibility testing methods by CDC's National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) laboratory also did not show any resistance.

Many cases of salmonella infection aren't reported because the victims don't go to the doctor or report their illness, Buuck said.

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