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Are bird droppings unhealthy to be around?

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Bird droppings are unhealthy for people to be around because they can carry diseases such as histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis and psittacosis, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. To protect people against these diseases, it is recommended that all contact with bird droppings should follow precautionary measures notes the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Precautionary measures include running hands in warm water and lathering soap on the hands immediately after handling bird droppings, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People who handle high volumes of bird droppings should also wear disposable gloves when handling the droppings and wash their clothes immediately after handling the droppings. It is also important for workers to ensure that all air shafts are clean and clear of droppings on a regular basis, states the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

One of the diseases that a person can get from bird droppings is histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis generally only occurs when someone breathes in air that is near bird droppings. There must be a high volume of droppings, and the histoplasmosis fungus must be present, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Another disease that a person can get from bird droppings is cryptococcosis. Cryptococcosis is also delivered through a fungus in the bird droppings and is primarily only contracted by patients with HIV, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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