Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Multistate salmonella kratom outbreak rises to 87 sick, 27 hospitalized

Multistate salmonella kratom outbreak rises to 87 sick, 27 hospitalized

The Washington State Department of Health announced Friday that the Salmonella outbreak linked to kratom is growing.

At least 27 people have been hospitalized, according to the latest numbers published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is reminding people to properly handle, cook and store poultry, including frozen breaded chicken products, which should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 74 C. Whole poultry should be cooked to 82 C.

Salmonella: Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation's leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks.

State officials are warning Minnesotans not to consume a plant called kratom in any form because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

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"The investigation has expanded to include outbreak strains from three additional serotypes of Salmonella: Salmonella Javiana, Salmonella Okatie, and SalmonellaThompson", the CDC said in its report. Symptoms usually begin within 12 to 96 hours after exposure, but they can begin up to two weeks after exposure.

More serious invasive infections (for example, blood stream infections, meningitis, osteomyelitis) occasionally occur. Ill people range in age from 6 to 67 years, with a median age of 39.

More information about Salmonella can be found on DOH's Salmonella web page. Investigators in California collected leftover Phytoextractum brand kratom powder from an ill person in that state. Advocacy groups will put the number between 3 million and 5 million. Some have tried kratom as an alternative form of pain relief, while others used it as an addiction substitute to wean off opioids.

Kratom users say it feels like a relaxing cup of coffee, with small doses giving the user energy and higher doses causing sedation.

The CDC's initial announcement identified 28 people who fell sick across 20 states between October 12, 2017 and January 308. The suppliers of other kratom samples, that tested positive for the same strains of salmonella, have not yet been identified. It is not regulated or safety-tested by any USA consumer safety entity.

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