​Martha Contracts Salmonella After Handling So Many Turkeys

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December 7, 2012
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Martha Stewart has revealed that after handling so many turkeys this past Thanksgiving, she became ill after getting salmonella poisoning.

Stewart tell’s New York Post’s Page Six, “I never get sick, but I came down with salmonella. I think I caught it because I was handling so many turkeys around Thanksgiving.”

Salmonellosis is a disease caused by raw or undercooked food. Infection usually occurs when a person ingests foods that contain a high concentration of the bacteria, similar to a culture medium.

“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,” Stewart says.

In 2010, an analysis of death certificates in the United States identified a total of 1,316 Salmonella-related deaths from 1990 to 2006. These were predominantly among older adults and those who were immunocompromised.

Researchers say they have paved the way toward an effective Salmonella vaccine by identifying eight antigenic molecules from human and mouse infections. These antigens provide the research community with a foundation for developing a protective salmonella vaccine.

Stewart said there was one upside to becoming sick, “I lost some weight, though,” she told Page Six.

Stewart was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and in 2011, she was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

Stewart currently resides in Katonah, New York, a hamlet of Bedford, New York. She also maintains a 35,000 square foot residence on Mount Desert Island in Seal Harbor, Maine, known as ‘Skylands’, the former summer estate of automobile designer and tycoon Edsel Ford, with gardens designed by renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen.