Lynne Terry of The Oregonian reported this afternoon that Oregon health authorities have announced a suspected link between 124 Salmonella Typhimurium illnesses nationally and lettuce.  The illnesses began appearing in mid-July and trailed off about a month later.  Seven Oregon residents fell ill between Aug. 4 to 16, including three in the Portland metro area.

One of the Oregon residents who became ill suffered a particularly severe illness and was hospitalized for several weeks.  Doctors removed a portion of her gastrointestinal tract, which had become necrotic and non-functional as a result of her severe infection with Salmonella Typhimurium.  We represent this unfortunate woman, and are working hard to discover for her what the ultimate source of her illness was.

This would certainly not be the first time that contaminated lettuce or other leafy greens caused an outbreak of severe illnesses.  In addition to the infamous Dole spinach E. coli outbreak in 2006, here are a few others:Continue Reading National Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak Linked to Lettuce?