The plaintiff, a married woman in her thirties, developed joint pain, fever, chills, rash, hallucinations and vaginal discomfort during two of her normal menstrual periods.


Diagnostic investigation revealed a disease known as “toxic shock syndrome.” The syndrome is characterized by the presence of a bacterial infection caused by the use of tampons (in particular with those that are “super absorbent”). There were no warnings on the product concerning the disease or its possible symptoms.[127]