Oct 22, 2021 9:00 PM

Recall: Aromatherapy spray used in Kan. linked to US deaths

Posted Oct 22, 2021 9:00 PM
Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones-photo Consumer Product Safety Commission
Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones-photo Consumer Product Safety Commission

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials may have solved the mystery of how four people in different states came down with a serious tropical disease even though none had traveled internationally: an aromatherapy spray imported from India.

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

The four people were from Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota and Texas. Two of them, one a child in Georgia, died.

The agency said it was testing to confirm the bacteria in the bottle is the same strain as that seen in the four patients. It previously said lab analyses showed all four infections were closely related.

The spray found in the Georgia patient’s home was made in India. The genetic profile of the bacteria in the bottle is similar to that of strains usually found in South Asia, the agency said.