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What Diseases do Pigeons Carry?

Many professionals exaggerate the number of diseases that can be transmitted from birds to humans. However, the diseases that pigeons carry are not directly transmitted to man. Pigeon dropping are very rich in nutrients and this is where most parasites flourish before attacking humans. Some of these parasites can bite humans or just be a nuisance to human beings. However, there are still some diseases that can be transferred from a sick pigeon to your poultry.



Histoplasmosis

This is a very dangerous disease that is caused by fungal spores. The fungus itself thrives in soil that is enriched with pigeon droppings. The soil has to be in contact with the pigeon droppings for a minimum of two years for the fungus to produce this dangerous vermin. The spores are airborne and the only way that they get into your body is if you inhale them. The disease causes blood abnormalities, high fever, pneumonia and even death in very severe cases.

Cryptococcosis

The most common source of the fungus that causes this disease also appears to be pigeon droppings. The fungus may thrive in a place with accumulated pigeon droppings regardless of whether it is your attic or your pigeon house. More than 83% of old pigeon nests have been found to be infected with this fungus. The bad news is that the fungus thrives in the pigeon droppings regardless of whether they are dry or wet. In fact, persons may not show any signs. The good news is that infections are mild and only occur if the victim has a weak immune system. It first affects the lungs and then spreads quickly to the rest of the body. Skin eruptions, acne and ulcers are some of the most exhibited symptoms. Although it is an uncommon disease, severe infections can be fatal if they remain untreated.

Candidiasis

This is perhaps the most common disease carried by pigeons. It is caused by fungus and yeast. It affects the mouth, skin, the vagina and the respiratory track. It is a growing problem in many parts of the world and women suffer the most.

Salmonellosis

This disease is mostly associated with food poisoning. The disease is caused by bacteria that live in pigeon droppings. The bacteria are airborne and contaminate food upon contact. It is not a dangerous disease but it can cause restlessness in human beings.

Parasites

Apart from the diseases above, pigeons are also very notorious for transmitting parasites like fleas, chicken mites, and also worms like tapeworms. These parasites can be transmitted both to humans and to your poultry. While they may not be fatal, they may cause a decrease in egg production in your chicken and also cause health complications to you and those around you. Go back to the How to get rid of pigeons home page.

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