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US officials blame an outbreak of Salmonella in an unlikely source: kratom, a plant known for its effects similar to opiates. The outbreak began in October, and by the end of January, infections emerged from California to Massachusetts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So far, no one has died from this latest outbreak, but 11 people have been hospitalized. The CDC reports that it was confirmed that 28 people in 20 states contracted the Salmonella strain, which gives them diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Public health researchers discovered that the cases were related when they sequenced the DNA of Salmonella samples collected from the patients. The bacteria were genetically related, which means …

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