Department of Health: Update to Kratom outbreak

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For immediate release:  March 16, 2018  (18-042)Español

Contact:  Julie Graham, Strategic Communications Office  360-810-1628

Update: Salmonella outbreak linked to kratom widens – 10 cases now in WA

OLYMPIA – Washington State Department of Health announced today that the Salmonella outbreak linked to kratom has widened and 10 people in Washington have been sickened to date. Health officials say people should not consume kratom in any form.

Kratom is a plant used for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute. It is not regulated or safety-tested by any U.S. consumer safety entity; however, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will post product recalls related to this outbreak on their website. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is coordinating this multi-state Salmonella outbreak which has sickened at least 87 people in at least 35 states.

County

Gender

Age

Hospitalized

1. Clark

Male

30s

No

2. Clark

Female

50s

Yes

3. King

Male

20s

Yes

4. Lewis

Female

30s

Yes

5. Pierce 

Female

30s

No

6. Stevens – NE Tri

Male

20s

No

7. Walla Walla

Female

30s

Yes

8. Whatcom

Male

20s

No

9. Benton

Female

50s

No

10. Spokane

Male

60s

No

People who have consumed kratom and have symptoms of Salmonella illness (severe or bloody diarrhea, fever, chills, abdominal discomfort, and occasionally vomiting) should contact their health care provider, being sure to mention any products they’ve consumed that may contain kratom. Some kratom-containing products might not list it on the label. 

Anyone can get Salmonella, but these groups are most at risk for severe illness:

  • People with weakened immune systems
  • Pregnant women
  • People younger than five years old and older adults

More information about Salmonella can be found on DOH’s Salmonella web page.

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