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posted on April 23, 2018 14:25

Idaho public health officials are warning Idahoans to avoid consumption of products that contain kratom because they could be contaminated with Salmonella.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Idaho Public Health Districts, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are collaborating on the investigation of Salmonella infections linked to the consumption of products containing the plant substance kratom.

More than 130 people from 38 states, including 8 individuals in Idaho, have been infected with Salmonella linked to kratom consumption. As of April 5, 38 individuals have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.

Kratom is a plant consumed for its stimulant effects and is also used as an opioid substitute. Kratom is known as Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom and Biak. Ill individuals have reported consuming kratom as pills, powder, and in tea.

“Our advice to Idaho residents is to not consume any products that contain kratom,” says Dr. Kathryn Turner, Deputy State Epidemiologist. “If you have the product at home, do not use it, and if you have used kratom-containing products and develop symptoms, please see your medical provider.”

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