humans lungg desease from bird droppings

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pmlover
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my wife has a lung desease and is on my back about cleaning an and checking the nests. Does anyone know about a lung life threatening threat from the bird droppings of martins. I hope Louise can help
thanks Dick Morrow
2015 69 pairs 418 eggs 396 fledged
2019 I have 148 openings now
2016 100 pairs 600 babies fledged added another t-14 and have 126 openings now
2015 Jun 24 360 babies and 58 eggs also found one that had died
2017 632 babies 11died and 20 were killed by hawks
2015 74 pairs and 9 eggs 5/14
2010 3pairss
]JOINED PMCA JUNE 6,2018
2018 651 babies 5 hawk kills 11 floater kills 25 died in houses and 610 fledged

2014 80 pairs 283 babies 282 fledged one died
Louise Chambers
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Dick,

Sounds like you are asking about histoplasmosis, which is associated with roosts of starlings and red-winged blackbirds, in certain parts of the US. It's a fungus and the spores are pretty much everywhere, but not a problem most of the time. It is not associated with martins or martin roosts. You can google it and read more, but here is one link: http://nwco.net/044-wildlifediseases/4- ... smosis.asp

However, your wife should probably not be exposed to bird droppings at all, if she has lung problems already. Be sure you wash up well after doing nest checks, maybe wear a designated hat and long sleeved shirt for checks, and keep them out of the house or wash frequently. Wear disposable gloves, too. All that should minimize any dust or dried up bird droppings getting back to your wife when you go inside after nest checks.
RC Moser
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I wear dust mask and rubber gloves also when I can't wet nest to remove the dust. I like to think it helps?
threelilkids
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Thanks Louise, Most bird dropping carry diseases for us and other animals that step or fool with it. It only contains to birds that mostly walk on the ground ie chickens, Starlings and red-wing blackbirds as Louise said. Diseases are also carried in cat feces, but not the same kind. Just please wear gloves and wash your hands very good, also wear shoes, or watch were you step :roll: Come to think about it all feces is bad. It is serious. Don't panic it is treatable. :wink:
pmlover
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THANK YOU SO MUCH LOUISE
2015 69 pairs 418 eggs 396 fledged
2019 I have 148 openings now
2016 100 pairs 600 babies fledged added another t-14 and have 126 openings now
2015 Jun 24 360 babies and 58 eggs also found one that had died
2017 632 babies 11died and 20 were killed by hawks
2015 74 pairs and 9 eggs 5/14
2010 3pairss
]JOINED PMCA JUNE 6,2018
2018 651 babies 5 hawk kills 11 floater kills 25 died in houses and 610 fledged

2014 80 pairs 283 babies 282 fledged one died
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