On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the multi-state Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- linked to kratom had grown to 40 sick people from 27 states.

Image/ National Atlas of the United States
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Three people in Washington state have been affected by this outbreak in Clark, Walla Walla and King Counties, prompting health officials to recommend that people should not consume any form of kratom because it could be contaminated with Salmonella.

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“Salmonella infection is very serious, and it is important that people avoid consuming products that contain kratom because it could make you sick,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist.

Kratom is a plant in the coffee family that is grown in Southeast Asia. It is consumed for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute. Kratom is also known as thang, kakuam, thom, ketom, biak, and Mitragyna speciosa.

Consumers who have symptoms of Salmonella should contact their health care provider. If you are diagnosed with Salmonella, be sure to tell your health care provider about all products you may be using, including products reported to contain kratom. Consumers should be aware that some products might not list kratom on the labeling.

Anyone can get Salmonella, but these groups are most at risk for severe illness: People with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, children younger than five years old and older adults.