WALLA WALLA, Washington — Three people in Washington state have been hospitalized by a salmonella outbreak spread by kratom, including a woman in her 30s who resides in Walla Walla County. The other two affected are two males, one in his 30s from Clark County, and one in his 20s from King County.
The Washington State Department of Health says people should not consume any form of kratom because it could be contaminated with Salmonella. Kratom is a plant consumed throughout the world for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute. It’s typically brewed into a tea, chewed, smoked, or ingested in capsules. It is also known as Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketum, and Biak.
“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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are currently investigating the outbreak linked to kratom products in 26 other states.
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 people with weak immune systems, who are pregnant, younger than five, or are older adults are most at risk.