OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Department of Health warns people of a salmonella outbreak associated with a pain relief product.
Kratom, an herb sold in CBD stores other branches, is associated with 91
The outbreak began in October.
"This something individuals use as a kind of natural stimulant," said Laurence Burnsed with the Oklahoma State Department of Health. "Some apparently use substitutes for other products, such as an opioid replacement for a stimulant."
The CDC and other authorities said that certain strands of kratom have been contaminated with salmonella and it is not clear how this happened.
Affected gastrointestinal symptoms that last several days and people who are older or have certain conditions may end up in the hospital.
"In general, public officials advise to avoid kratom due to the multitude of brands and types as contaminated with salmonella," said Burnsed.
Of the four affected in Oklahoma, two are from Tulsa and the others are from Cleveland County.