The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a statement on February 20, 2018, alerting individuals of Salmonella infections linked to Kratom; a plant consumed for its stimulant effects and also as an opioid substitute. It can be brewed as a tea, ingested as tablets, smoked, and chewed.
Salmonella is a bacteria that makes people sick. Those infected with Salmonella may experience diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after infection. The infection can last anywhere between 4 and 7 days. If severe, patients are hospitalized and risk the infection spreading into the bloodstream, which can pose serious complications, even death. People with weakened immune systems, the elderly, children younger than 5, and pregnant women are at risks of experiencing serious complications from Salmonella.
The CDC advises people not to consume any form of Kratom, which is also referred to as Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, and Biak. There have been at least 28 reported cases in 20 states, with 11 hospitalizations and zero deaths reported.