Oregon Wedding Shigella Outbreak
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. The wedding which took place at the Maysara Winery, was catered by Pearl Catering.
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.