From the CDC, there are many diseases that can be transmitted by birds to people and especially from bird droppings to people. Some of these may be not harmful in general to humans, but many of them have dire effects and can be fatal. Establishing an effective bird control solution to prevent birds and droppings is the easiest and most effective way to prevent the spread of these diseases. Some of the diseases include:
Cryptococcosis (Krip-toe-coc-o-sis) is a fungal disease caused by Cryptococcus neoformans or Cryptococcus gattii. Cryptococcosis can cause serious symptoms of lung, brain and spinal cord disease, such as headaches, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and night sweats. When dried bird droppings are stirred up, this can make dust containing Cryptococcus neoformans go into the air. People can stir up this dust and then breathe it in when they work, play, or walk in areas where birds have been.
Histoplasmosis is a disease caused by the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum. The fungus lives in the environment, usually in association with large amounts of bird or bat droppings. Lung infection can occur after a person inhales airborne, microscopic fungal spores from the environment. The symptoms of histoplasmosis are similar to pneumonia, and the infection can sometimes become serious or fatal if it is not treated.
Candidiasis is a yeast infection that can be spread by pigeons. This can effect many of the organs and systems in the body producing harmful and uncomfortable results. Typical versions are:
Thrush (“Oropharyngeal / Esophageal Candidiasis”)
Vaginal Yeast Infections (“Genital / Vulvovaginal Candidiasis”)
St. Louis Encephalitis
Saint Louis encephalitis virus (SLEV) is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Most cases of SLEV disease have occurred in eastern and central states (see map). Most persons infected with SLEV have no apparent illness. Initial symptoms of those who become ill include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and tiredness. Severe neuroinvasive disease (often involving encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain) occurs more commonly in older adults. It is transmitted to mosquitos by the blood of infected sparrows.
St Loius Encephalitis
Salmonellosis is an infection with bacteria called Salmonella. Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. The bacteria can be found in bird droppings and sucked into ventilation systems into food processing as well as through direct contact.
Many harmful and fatal diseases can be traced to birds and especially bird droppings. In environments where there are large populations of birds causing droppings, effective solutions like the BirdNix Diamond Light™ bird deterrent are recommended to control the bird population. Around the home, garden, boat dock, under eves, patios, decks or anywhere people spend time where there are bird droppings, BirdNix products can help to eliminate bird related disease.
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