Salmonella outbreak linked to Kratom

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Kratom, a plant-based opioid substitute, is listed as a drug of concern by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, though it's not banned in Nevada. Gottlieb compared the substance mixes of kratom to opioids.

Additionally, kratom should not be used to treat any medical conditions, nor should it be used as an alternative to prescription opioids.

The herbal drug kratom is under fire for the second time this month. "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 alert reads.

Kratom ought not be expended in any frame, the CDC stated, in light of the fact that the wellspring of salmonella sullying has not been recognized. Kratom advocates claim that the herbal supplement may be used to help opioid addicts get through withdrawal symptoms in weaning themselves off the powerful painkillers.

But because there are no FDA-approved uses of the substance, the agency can do nothing more than warn the public.

In an announcement on its website, the CDC announced 28 infections in 20 states, with eleven hospitalizations (but no deaths) linked to Salmonella infections, potentially from kratom pills, powder, or tea.

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Confirmed victims range in age from 6 to 67 years old.

According to a bulletin from the CDC, a multistate Salmonella outbreak has been traced to supplements made from the plant.

As with most of its bacterial outbreak warnings, the agency interviewed people reporting symptoms of the infection to try to nail down the cause by asking sick people what foods and beverages they ate in the previous months and if they'd been traveling.

Kratom is native to Malaysia, where the leaves of the kratom plant are crushed to make tea, smoked, chewed, or taken as capsules.

In the meantime, the CDC says because the source of salmonella contamination has not been identified, kratom should not be consumed in any form.

Exposure to salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abominal cramps. The illness usually lasts 4-7 days, however, an unusually high rate of cases have been hospitalized in this current outbreak.

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