Question about Bird Droppings
Category: Family and Home > Pets
Asked by: estropelic2-ga
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16 Aug 2006 08:36 PDT
Expires: 15 Sep 2006 08:36 PDT
Question ID: 756607
Hello, Can someone provide me with information that explains what can happen if you are exposed to bird droppings? I'm particularly interested in finding out why it is bad to not clean the bird droppings off the floor of someone's home when they have a bird that craps all over the floor. Particularly interested in any deseases that can be generated because of uncleanliness of bird droppings in a household.
Re: Question about Bird Droppings
Answered By: tisme-ga on 16 Aug 2006 08:53 PDT
Hello estropelic2-ga, Thanks for the question! I recommend that you read the last two links I have posted below. They are good articles and I believe they will answer your questions satisfactorily. "Droppings are unhealthy ? even potentially fatal. More than 60 different transmissible diseases have been associated with birds and their excrement." SOURCE: http://184.108.40.206/search?q=cache:YZ01RQsfypUJ:www.birdx.com/+bird+dropping+unhealthy&hl=en&gl=ca&ct=clnk&cd=3 Further reading: (At the bottom of this article, it gives proper instructions for cleaning up bird droppings) "The most serious health risks arise from disease organisms that can grow in the nutrient-rich accumulations of bird droppings, feathers and debris under a roost ? particularly if roosts have been active for years. External parasites also may become a problem when infested birds or bats leave roosts or nests. The parasites then can invade buildings and bite people." Health Hazards Associated with Bird and Bat Droppings: http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/hb/hbb&bdrp.htm Here is a specific disease that effects birds (Exotic Newcastle Disease) if you want to read about a specific one: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/birdbiosecurity/end.html Please let me know if you require any clarification and I will do my best to further assist you. All the best, tisme-ga Search Strategy: bird droppings bird droppings health bird dropping disease OR diseases bird dropping disease OR diseases pet
Re: Question about Bird Droppings
From: captainjackmorgan-ga on 16 Aug 2006 10:38 PDT
estropelic2-ga, Aside from their effect on the room?s aesthetics and the pungent aroma, accumulations of bird droppings, particularly from a single household pet, are relatively benign. Birds are less closely related to us than the common mammalian household pets and pests, and so the numbers of common disease susceptibilities are relatively less. While the web pages in the previous comment mention the risk of fungal growths, these are very rare and are more likely to occur in industrial livestock operations where high concentrations of individual birds will produce intensive local contamination. (Incidentally, note that the first site mentioned is from a bird removal agency, who of course is more interested in selling you a service than providing accurate information) With novel viruses such as West Nile and Avian Influenza occurring more frequently, however, government health agencies are recommending a bit of discretion on your part. Again, though, the most likely contamination vector is within your commercial livestock operations (or mosquitoes in the case of West Nile), not in domestic avian occupants. The best guideline is probably common sense. While not necessarily lethal, a living area sodden with waste is going to be unpleasant and unhealthy for both mammalian and avian occupants. Out of curiosity, where did you hear that you should avoid removing avian faeces from someone?s floor? Regards, Captain Jack Morgan P.S. For general information on birds, check out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/. Even if they don?t have any information on health issues, they probably can link you to someone who will. P.P.S. The latest reports indicate that the lethal strain of H5N1 has not yet reached North America: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/health/281215_birdflu15.html
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