Back in February, scientists with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced they were looking into what appeared to be an outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to the use of the herbal product kratom. Then, 28 people in 20 states had fallen ill with genetically similar Salmonella strains.
With every update since the numbers have only grown. As of this morning’s briefing, the number of confirmed Salmonella infections linked to the use of kratom products stands at 87 across 35 states:
This outbreak does not seem to be linked to any particular distributor of kratom. Last week, PDX Aromatic recalled some of its kratom powders after California health officials found Salmonella in one sample and follow-up tests by FDA found bacteria in even more. But CDC officials stressed today that these products are not solely responsible for the outbreak.
To date, at least 25 different kratom products have tested positive for any one of four strains of the pathogen. And some have tested positive for multiple strains. This means, say health officials, multiple suppliers must be to blame for putting contaminated kratom on the market.
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