Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart's Thanksgiving marred by bout of salmonella -- from turkeys

Dec. 7, 2012 at 7:54 AM ET

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Martha Stewart.

Amid all the good wishes and feelings that come with the Thanksgiving holidays are usually warnings: Namely, remember your food safety rules -- particularly when handling raw meat.

Martha Stewart might not have listened to those instructions as diligently as she should have. As she told the New York Post's Page Six, she spent her Thanksgiving sickened by salmonella, having handled a number of T-day turkeys.

"I never get sick, but I came down with salmonella," she told the newspaper as she shopped for art at Art Basel Miami. "I think I caught it because I was handling so many turkeys around Thanksgiving. I was on the TODAY show, I did a number of other (Thanksgiving) appearances. It really hit me hard and I was in bed for days. It was terrible."

The infection caused her to cancel appearances and meetings, the Post reported. Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, and tends to kick into gear 12-72 hours after infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes on its website. The illness can last up to 7 days, and some patients must be hospitalized. There is a potential for death in severe cases.

Still, there was one upside Stewart can report from the attack: "I lost some weight."

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