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.
- Cut the turkey off the bone and refrigerate it within two hours of the bird coming out of the oven
- If you know you don't think you'll eat the leftover turkey within four days, divide it into meal-sized portions, pack them into freezer bags or airtight containers and freeze them
- Frozen leftover turkey is safe forever, but after four months it can dry out or lose flavor
- When reheating cooked foods, use a food thermometer to make sure they have been heated to an internal temperature of 165˚F
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.