Monday, March 4, 2024

Aromatherapy Spray Associated with MN Disease, Memories of Death Faces

US health officials may have uncovered the mystery of how four people in different states fell ill with a serious tropical illness, although none of them traveled overseas: an aromatherapy spray imported from India.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that researchers found the same type of bacteria that causes the disease, melioidosis, in a spray bottle found in one of the patients’ home.

Four people were from Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, and Texas. The first fatal case was identified in March in Kansas. The second and third cases, identified in May in Minnesota and Texas, required lengthy hospitalizations. The fourth patient – a child from Georgia – died.

The agency said it was conducted to confirm that the bacteria in the bottle is the same strain as in the four patients. It was previously reported that laboratory tests showed that all four infections are closely related.

The spray found at the home of a patient in Georgia was made in India. The genetic profile of the bacteria in the bottle is similar to strains commonly found in South Asia, the agency said.

The contaminated product is labeled “Aromatherapy Room Spray infused with Better Homes & Gardens Gemstone Lavender and Chamomile Essential Oil,” the CDC said. It sold for $ 4 at 55 Walmart stores and the Walmart website from February to Thursday.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Walmart recalled 3,900 bottles of the six-flavored spray on Friday. Officials are investigating whether other fragrances and brands may be hazardous.

Melioidosis is rare in the United States, with about 12 cases reported each year. People can get it through direct contact with contaminated soil and water. The CDC said the infection is curable if detected early and treated correctly.

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