Avoid kratom during salmonella outbreak warns Kansas health department

April 13, 2018 - 3:46 pm

Topeka, KS - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is warning people to avoid taking Kratom as it investigates two cases of Salmonella poisoning connected to the supplement.

As of April 10, 2018, an outbreak of salmonella connected to Kratom has infected 132 people in 38 states. 

Kansas @KDHE now investigating outbreaks of Salmonella linked to kratom. Working with @CDCgov and @US_FDA, state officials found 2 cases in Kansas. Nationwide, 132 people infected and 38 hospitalized.
For Kansas outbreak: https://t.co/TONYPBkSRg. Nat'l: https://t.co/ML2VaCNlFb pic.twitter.com/sz4XZ4FuMu

— HHSRegion7 (@HHSRegion7) April 13, 2018


Kratom is a plant native to Southeast Asia that is used for its stimulant effects and as a dietary supplement. Some use it as an opioid substitute.

Those who have gotten sick have used kratom in powder form in pills, mixed into tea, or have smoked it.  

The CDC recommends not using kratom in any form because it could be contaminated with Salmonella and cause illness.

The FDA has issued several voluntary recalls and one mandatory recall of products containing kratom.


The FDA has issued a rare mandatory recall for all kratom products manufactured, processed, packed or held by Triangle Pharmanaturals LLC after several of its products tested positive for salmonella https://t.co/JbVoymPuek pic.twitter.com/fkzdqhPOCw

— CNN (@CNN) April 3, 2018


Salmonella infection can cause mild to severe illness. The most common symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever.

Symptoms typically begin within 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria but can take as long as 16 days. Symptoms generally resolve without treatment in 4 to 7 days, but some people may require hospitalization.

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