Common Bird Diseases

Certain bird diseases can be caught by humans. While most do not pose a significant threat, some require medical intervention. The most common bird-transmitted infections include cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis, salmonellosis, and avian tuberculosis. Each of these diseases usually results from the feces of infected birds being ingested or inhaled.

Problems Caused by Bird-borne Diseases

Large groups of roosting birds leave an accumulation of smelly, messy droppings. This should concern homeowners, as the pests’ feces may carry dangerous pathogens. For instance, when inhaled, Histoplasma mold causes flu-like symptoms and can be fatal if untreated. Cryptococcosis, an illness caused similar to meningitis, is another fungal disease humans can catch from exposure to waste or old nests. Usually spread through contaminated food or water, avian tuberculosis can be debilitating to those with autoimmune deficiencies. Finally, food poisoning caused by salmonellosis is one of the more common diseases humans can catch from birds.

Controlling Nuisance Birds

Each bird disease is uniquely dangerous, but proper sanitation and cleaning can help keep them at bay. Homeowners with problem starlings, pigeons, sparrows, swallows, and geese should contact the trained wildlife professionals at Trutech. Proper removal of infestations can help limit the spread of bird diseases.