March 2, 2018: North Dakota Salmonella Kratom Case Reported

North Dakota Department of Health News Release – One North Dakota Salmonella Kratom Case Reported. The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reported the state’s first case of kratom-associated Salmonella infection linked to a multistate outbreak. According to the news release, the individual consumed kratom purchased online. The NDDoH tested the remaining kratom provided by the individual and detected the same strain of Salmonella.

North Dakota Salmonella Kratom Outbreak Information

The NDDoH also reported that it is working with the CDC, FDA, and other public health officials to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella cases associated with kratom. In a separate announcement the CDC reported that forty cases across 27 states have been identified. Out of the 31 cases for whom information is available, 14 have required hospitalization. The outbreak victims range in age from 6 to 67 years. No deaths have been linked to this outbreak.

The North Dakota Department of Health provided the following information regarding the outbreak investigation and Salmonella infection.

“Laboratory evidence and information gathered during interviews with ill persons indicates that kratom, a plant native to southeast Asia, is the likely source of this outbreak. There are no FDA-approved uses for kratom, but people may use it as a dietary supplement or as a recreational drug. Individuals have reported consuming kratom in powder, pills, or tea. “The outbreak investigation is ongoing,” Laura Cronquist, epidemiologist with the NDDoH, said. “Since investigators have not identified any common brands or suppliers of Salmonella-contaminated kratom products, federal and state health officials recommend that people do not consume kratom in any form.”

“Salmonellosis (Salmonella infection) can cause mild to severe illness. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. Symptoms typically begin within 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria, but can take as long as 16 days.” Symptoms typically reduce without treatment after four to seven days, though severe cases and cases involving complications may call for hospitalization. Severe illness is a greater threat to “infants, the elderly, and those with impaired immune systems.” Contact your doctor immediately if you believe you may have become ill from consuming kratom. Be aware “If you are diagnosed with salmonellosis, tell your health care provider about all products you may be using. According to the FDA, consumers should be aware that some products may not list kratom on the labeling.”

Salmonella Food Poisoning Lawsuit Help

The personal injury lawyers at The Weinberg Law Firm are currently assisting victims of food poisoning outbreaks nation wide. We are ready to help you. If you or a loved one was injured in a food poisoning outbreak and you would like more information regarding your legal rights please call The Weinberg Law Firm toll free at 877-934-6274.