Walmart Room Spray Causing Possibly Fatal Infections
An aromatherapy spray sold at dozens of Walmarts across the country and online has been linked to multiple serious infections and at least two deaths of consumers, one of the deaths being a child. The product, Better Homes and Gardens Lavender and Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones, has been found by investigators to be the cause of melioidosis infections.
How was the product discovered to be dangerous?
After investigating the four cases and two deaths from melioidosis, the CDC brought the Better Homes and Gardens room spray in for laboratory testing. The CDC later identified that the same bacteria which infected the four people with melioidosis was found in the aromatherapy spray.
The spray was produced in India, and the genetic make-up of the bacteria that infected the consumers is similar to strains found in the country and region.