Herbal drug kratom is linked to salmonella illnesses, CDC says

The herbal drug kratom is under fire for the second time this month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday that the substance is linked to an outbreak of salmonella.

In a statement, the CDC said 28 people in 20 states got sick after ingesting kratom, and 11 people were sick enough to be hospitalized.

"At this time, CDC recommends that people not consume kratom in any form. The investigation indicates that kratom products could be contaminated with salmonella and could make people sick," the statement reads.

On Feb. 6, the Federal Drug Administration warned the herb acts like an opioid drug and advised people to stay away from it.

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