CDC Updates Health Warning For Aromatherapy Spray
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said doctors should be on the lookout for symptoms of melioidosis – a difficult-to-diagnose infection caused by the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei – and should ask patients if they have used some sprays.
Last month, the CDC said it traced the case of a fatal B. pseudomallei infection in Georgia to an aromatherapy spray sold by Walmart. Three other cases, in Kansas, Minnesota and Texas, had been genetically linked to the Georgia case and the Kansas patient had also died.
The infection had mystified doctors because melioidosis, a tropical disease, is usually linked to travel and none of those infected had traveled. Careful investigation involved the Better Homes & Gardens Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Spray with Gemstones, which had been made in India.
“This product was sold nationwide online through Walmart and distributed to a limited number of Walmart stores between February and October 21, 2021.” In the meantime, people shouldn’t be using these products, he said. The CPSC added the five additional scents to its recall this week – 3,900 bottles in total.
The CDC has issued a health alert so doctors and other clinicians are on the lookout for people with symptoms, including acute or chronic localized infection that can include high fever, pain, headache, and abscesses. in the liver, lungs, spleen and prostate. Patients should be asked about possible exposure to aromatherapy sprays, including ‘being in the room while the product is being sprayed, having directly’ sniffed ‘or inhaled from the product vial, having direct contact with an item ( such as pillow cases or other sheets) that the product was sprayed on, ”the CDC added.
“People who have Better Homes & Gardens ‘Lavender and Chamomile’ aromatherapy product with gemstones, or any of the other recalled scents with gemstones (including lemon and tangerine, lavender, mint pepper, lime and eucalyptus and sandalwood and vanilla) in their homes should take the following precautions:
“Stop using this product immediately. Do not open the bottle. Do not throw away or throw the bottle in the regular trash.
Double wrap the bottle in clean, clear zipper bags and place it in a cardboard box. Return the wrapped and wrapped product to a Walmart store.
“Wash any sheets or laundry that may have been sprayed with normal laundry detergent and dry completely in a hot dryer; bleach can be used if desired.
“Wipe down counters and surfaces that may be sprayed with undiluted PineSol or a similar disinfectant.
“Limit direct handling of the spray bottle and wash your hands thoroughly after touching the bottle or the cloth. If gloves were used, wash your hands afterwards.
“If you have used the product within the past 21 days and you develop fever or other symptoms of melioidosis, you should see a doctor and tell your doctor about your exposure to the spray. If you do not have any symptoms but have been exposed to the product within the last 7 days, your doctor may recommend that you take antibiotics (post-exposure prophylaxis) to prevent infection.