Thursday, November 26, 2015

Q; Which food poisoning is common after Thanksgiving meal?

Answer: Salmonella Gastroenteritis 

It is usually self-limited and resolve within a week and only requires replacement of fluids and electrolytes. In "soft call" for antibiotics, three days course of  ciprofloxacin 500 mg orally twice daily should be sufficient. In severe cases, full course of intravenous third generation cephalosporin can be used.

The best prevention against Salmonella gastroenteritis from turkey, beside having proper handling and clean dressing, is to thaw slowly over 3-5 days in refrigerator - or - with cold water over half day. 
It is not a good idea to thaw turkey on the counter. On room temperature as frozen turkey gets thaw from the outside in and as the surface gets warm, bacteria multiply to dangerous levels. 

Happy safe Thanksgiving :)

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