Federal officials tracked 1,120 cases in 48 states and D.C. In Washington, there were 23 cases associated with this outbreak which is more than double the number of cases of Salmonella linked to backyard poultry that the previous two years combined. However, the lag time between symptom onset and confirmed reports reaching the CDC is usually about three to four weeks. Eleven people have been hospitalized, and no one has died.
The CDC has linked kratom as the likely source of the outbreak, as 8 out of 11 individuals who were interviewed reported consuming the plant via pills, powder, or tea.
Kratom is traditionally crushed and made into team but is also chewed, smoked or taken in capsule form.
Kratom is marketed as a plant-based supplement to treat pain, anxiety and depression but its similarities to opioids have raised concerns that it can be addictive and unsafe.More news: Don't Buy that Galaxy S8 Just Yet, Price Is About to Drop
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The FDA is also involved in the outbreak investigation, according to the agency's website. The Food and Drug Administration has issued increasingly urgent warnings about the herb, saying it acts like an opioid drug and advising people to stay away from it.
Due to the Salmonella bacteria that causes the foodborne illness salmonellosis, those infected develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.
Kratom is the name used for leaves from an evergreen tree found in Southeast Asia.
The popular botanical drug kratom is already under fire from USA health officials as an addictive opioid, and now new reports are linking its use with salmonella poisoning.
Kratom contains alkaloids which bind with the same opiate receptors in the brain that prescription and street opioid drugs do. "No common brands or suppliers of kratom products have been identified". "There is no evidence to indicate that kratom is safe or effective for any medical use". In 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration tried but failed to classify the plant as a Schedule I Controlled Substance.