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Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified Friday an aromatherapy spray imported from India as the source of a serious tropical disease that sickened four people earlier this year, killing two.

Driving the news: A CDC investigation found the same type of bacteria that causes an extremely rare disease called melioidosis in a spray bottle sold at nearly 55 Walmart stores between February and October.

  • The four people who contracted the disease were from Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota and Texas. Two of the patients, including one a child in Georgia, died, according to the CDC.
  • The spray bottle labeled "Better Homes & Gardens Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones" was found in the Georgia resident's home, per the CDC.
  • Walmart and the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall Friday for 3,900 bottles of the spray in six scents.

What's next: The CDC said it will continue to test to confirm if the genetic fingerprint of the bacteria in the bottle matches those of the bacteria identified in the four residents.

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Oct 21, 2021 - Health

CDC: Salmonella outbreak linked to whole onions

Photo: Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The CDC announced on Thursday a salmonella outbreak linked to imported red, white and yellow onions.

Why it matters: The outbreak has now reached 37 states, with 652 illnesses and 129 hospitalizations, per the CDC alert.

Inside Trump's hunt for "disloyal" Republicans

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Donald Trump and his associates are systematically reshaping the Republican Party, working to install hand-picked loyalists across federal and state governments and destroy those he feels have been disloyal, sources close to the former president tell Axios.

Why it matters: If most or all of Trump’s candidates win, he will go into the 2024 election cycle with far more people willing to do his bidding who run the elections in key states.

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CPI: The new jobs number

Grocery shoppers in Washington, D.C., last month. Photo: Ting Shen/Xinhua via Getty Images

The Consumer Price Index has replaced the jobs report as the most anticipated data drop by the U.S. government.

Why it matters: Rising prices tend to lower political fortunes. Washington and Wall Street are now waiting for the CPI number to flash at 8:30am ET around the 10th day of each month. This month's report — due Friday morning — will give a reading of how hot inflation ran in November.