It May Be Hard To Believe But Birds Can Make You Sick!

Do You Know Birds And Their Droppings Can Carry Over 60 Diseases!

We all know that birds love dwelling in the areas where they find plenty of food and water and where they get lot of free housing in the form of window ledges, rooftops, buildings and many more.

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Flock of pigeons on chinese style roof.

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No doubt that they are fabulously intelligent and astute animal. Even though most birds are harmless but they can still transmit diseases.

Here are some of the transmissible diseases caused by birds:

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  • Histoplasmosis
  • It is a respiratory disease that may be deadly. It is caused from a fungus which grows in dried bird droppings.

  • Cryptococcosis
  • It is induced by yeast which is found in the intestinal tract of pigeons and starlings. It starts as pulmonary diseases which later starts affecting the central nervous system.

    Cryptococcosis disease caused by birds
    systemic mycosis caused by yeast Cryptococcus neoformans. source is dried pigeon droppings. inhalation. serious disease including. meningitis in immunocom- promised (e.g., AIDS); mild. or pneumonia-like in others. Detecting encapsulated yeast. in clinical specimen is. diagnostic.

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  • Candidiasis
  • It is another yeast or fungus infection which is spread by pigeons. It affects the skin, mouth, respiratory system and intestines.

  • Encephalitis
  • It causes the inflammation of the nervous system and causes drowsiness, headache and fever. It can even lead to paralysis, coma and even death. This transmissible disease affects all age group but it is especially dangerous to person who is above 60 years.

  • Salmonellosis
  • It occurs when you consume contaminated food and drinks. The dust from droppings gets absorbed through ventilators and air conditioner and ends up infecting and contaminating the food and the cooking area in restaurant and your home. These bacteria are found in bird’s dropping.

    salmonella diseases caused by birds
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  • E.Coli
  • E.coli gets transmitted through fecal and filthy contamination of food. Birds frequently peck on cow manure and this is where E.coli originates. These birds then spread the bacteria into food.

  • Pasteurellosis
  • This happens when human gets scratched by birds which is infected with Pasteurella Multocida Organism. Scratches turns red and gets infected.

  • Sarcocystis
  • It is a parasitic infection which gets disseminated by birds. Symptoms includes Nausea, Diarrhea and Abdominal pain. It lasts for around 48 hours. But this infection can be life threatening especially for elders.

Not only this birds are also known to carry over 50 kinds of Ectoparasites.

Ectoparasites are parasites that lives on the outside of its host.

  • Chicken Mites
  • They are found on pigeons, starlings and house sparrows. They not only feed on blood of birds but also bite humans. They are known to carry Encephalitis.

  • Fungi
  • They not only grow on bird nests but also in bird’s droppings. They even grow on decaying skin and features of birds. They cause Inhalation Contacted Disease

Some other ectoparasites are Lice, Ticks and Fleas.

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How can you get a bird disease?

Here are the ways you can get disease from bird:

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