This Is Why People Get Sick On Thanksgiving; Tips To Avoid Food-Related Illnesses

Nats Hacks

Chattanooga, Tennessee—

With the holidays drawing near, sharing a meal with friends and family can increase your chances of getting any sickness, especially foodborne. Commonly known as food poisoning, a foodborne illness can occur when you eat something contaminated by disease-causing germs like bacteria, parasites, or viruses.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year, about 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases.

Dishes that have turkey in them should be eaten three to four days after the holiday or stored in the freezer for later. Holiday leftovers should be reheated at 165 degrees or hotter before serving or eating.