Oregon Wedding Shigella Outbreak


2018 Wedding at Maysara Winery catered by Pearl Catering

On August 14, 2018 the Oregon Health Authority and Yamhill County Health and Human Services received reports of multiple people with gastrointestinal illness days after attending a wedding and reception in Yamhill County on August 11. On August 20, Shigella flexneri type 3a was identified as the bacteria causing the illnesses. After conducting an extensive investigation the health department concluded that asparagus was the most likely cause of the outbreak.

Of the 263 wedding attendees and staff, 105 people were sickened, and 10 were hospitalized. No deaths were reported. 

Symptoms of Shigella include:

  • Diarrhea (sometimes bloody)
  • Fever
  • Stomach cramps

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Shigella outbreaks. The Shigella lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Shigella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Shigella lawyers have litigated Shigella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of sources, such as tomatoes, airplane and restaurant food.  

If you or a family member became ill with a Shigella infection after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Shigella attorneys for a free case evaluation.

Outbreak 2018-4979 Shigellosis at a Wedding - Full Report

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