OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health is investigating several cases of Salmonella linked to Kratom use.
The department reports that as of March 20, a total of 91 individuals in 36 states have been linked to the outbreak associated with Kratom. Of those, four cases have been in Oklahoma. Thirty-one people nationwide have been hospitalized due to the outbreak.
Kratom is consumed for stimulant effects and used as an opioid substitute. It is brewed in tea, chewed, smoked or ingested through capsules.
Epidemiologists with the Tulsa Health Department have confirmed that Kratom powder purchased at an Oklahoma store tested positive for the strains of Salmonella associated with the outbreak. While they did not identify what store the Kratom was bought from, health officials confirmed it was found in Club 13 brand Maeng Da Red Kratom.
Officials are asking residents to avoid consuming Kratom at this time.
Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Individuals who have recently used or consumed Kratom and who have experienced any of these symptoms within 12 to 72 hours should contact their health care provider