“Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones” in various scents found to transmit deadly Melioidosis Bacteria, with at least two dead in the U.S. alone
Lieff Cabraser is investigating reports of deaths and serious illnesses across four U.S. states from a severe tropical disease apparently transmitted by an aromatherapy spray imported from India.
Investigators at the CDC have confirmed that the same bacteria that cause the disease Melioidosis had been found in a spray bottle found in one of the victim’s homes. The four aromatherapy spray users who died came from Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, and Texas. The dead include at least one child.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Walmart have issued a formal recall for nearly 4,000 bottles of the spray, which comes in six scents. It is not yet known whether other scents and brands may pose the same Meliodosis contamination.
Melioidosis is rare in the United States, with only about 12 cases reported annually. Individuals can get Melioidosis through direct contact with contaminated soil and water. The CDC said the infection is treatable if caught early and treated correctly.
If you or a family member have been injured/infected by what you suspect may be contaminated aromatherapy spray, we urge you to contact partner Lexi Hazam or another nationally-recognized plaintiff lawyer at Lieff Cabraser about your case and recovery. There is no charge for our review of your data, and any information you provide will be held in the strictest confidence.