Walmart Aromatherapy Spray Recalled Over Illness Fears – .

Walmart Aromatherapy Spray Recalled Over Illness Fears – .

Three of six brands of aromatherapy spray recalled by Walmart for fear of bacterial contamination.

Three of six brands of aromatherapy spray recalled by Walmart for fear of bacterial contamination.
photo: Consumer Safety Product Guidelines

Vendredi, les Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcement a prime suspect behind a puzzling outbreak of melioidosis, a tropical and often fatal bacterial disease rarely found in the United States: a brand of aromatherapy spray sold by the Walmart retail chain online and in dozens of stores. Although the investigation is ongoing, the spray in question is now subject to a recall.

Earlier in July, CDC officials reported that three people from different states – Kansas, Texas and Minnesota – all recently contracted melioidosis, caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei. A fourth case was identified in August, in Georgia. All four had been hospitalized as a result, and two subsequently died.

While the group was small in number, it was of concern as melioidosis is rarely reported in the United States, and when it does, it’s usually after someone contracted the infection while traveling elsewhere. The victims shared closely related strains of melioidosis, but had no history of recent travel or interaction with each other, adding to the mystery. But because the strain appeared to resemble strains found in South Asia, it was suspected that an unknown contaminated product imported from that region must have been the source of the contagion. The bacteria are regularly found in soil and water where they are endemic.

Finally, at the patient’s home in Georgia, investigators said they found the bacteria in a bottle of “Better Homes & Gardens Lavender and Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Spray with Gemstones.” Their investigation has now resulted in a voluntary recall of the brand and five other products in the same line by Walmart, which was announced simultaneously on Friday by the Consumer Safety Products Commissions. Full details of the recall can be found in their announcement, including handling instructions.

CDC investigators are still working to confirm the identity of the gun to this outbreak – whether the bacteria in the bottle matches the bacteria found in these patients. But even if the spray is unrelated to these cases, the potential risk of exposure is serious. The death rate from melioidosis, which can be difficult to diagnose and identify with standard tests, can be as high as 40%. And the brand was sold online and in 55 different Walmart stores between February and October 2021, according to the CDC. Approximately 4,000 units of product are affected by the recall.

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Melioidosis remains a rare disease, although some scientists fear that it may naturally take hold in the southern United States as the climate warms. But it is recommended that anyone with this spray or related brands stop using it immediately. People should not open the bottle or attempt to throw it away in the ordinary trash. Instead, they should line the spray bottle, then place it in a cardboard box and send it to Walmart, and wash their hands thoroughly afterward, even if they’re wearing gloves. Bedding and clothing that the spray may have touched should be washed in a laundry, while any exposed surfaces around the house should be cleaned with undiluted Pine-Sol or a similar disinfectant.

And if you have used the product in the past 21 days and have a fever or other symptoms that could be melioidosis (symptoms vary depending on where the infection is, but a full list may to be consulted here), you should immediately consult a doctor and tell him about the spray. Doctors should also be on the lookout for possible cases and should not rule out the possibility of infection in people with no travel history, the CDC said.


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