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What we're not thankful for: Thanksgiving food poisoning

Roasted turkey with potatoes.
Roasted turkey with potatoes.
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If you're feeling ill the day after your Thanksgiving meal, you could have food poisoning.

Salmonella and E. coli are some of the most common food-borne illnesses to strike after the turkey and pumpkin pie have been enjoyed.

Dr. Paul Simon, the Chief Science Officer with the L.A. County Department of Public Health, says many cases go unreported, because food poisoning symptoms are similar to flu symptoms.

He also explains that some people are more vulnerable to food poisoning than others: "If you're elderly, or if you're a young child or an infant or if you have chronic illness that could impair your immune system."

Wondering how long that leftover turkey and stuffing will be good to eat? Time is ticking.

Simon recommends not keeping any leftovers sitting out on the table for more than two hours.

"It's fine to keep things in the fridge for maybe three or four days, but beyond that, they should be discarded," he tells KPCC.

The federal government has a few more tips for keeping your turkey disease-free.

Each year, one in six Americans is felled by food poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You probably don't want to be one of them.