MDHHS warns not to consume products containing kratom due to salmonella outbreak

Posted at 1:48 PM, Apr 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-13 18:18:40-04

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is investigating a multi-state outbreak of salmonella linked to the consumption of products containing the plant substance kratom.

More than 130 people from 38 states, including three in Kent, Livingston and Monroe counties, have been infected with salmonella linked to kratom. No deaths have been reported, but 38 people have been hospitalized.

Kratom is a plant eaten for its stimulant effects and is also used as an opioid substitutes. 

“We are advising Michigan residents not to consume any products containing kratom,” said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive. “If you have used kratom and subsequently develop symptoms, please consult your medical provider." 

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps 12-72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. 

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