Can birds spread diseases is an all too common question, and the answer is a resounding yes.  Birds can be dangerous generally if you’re not careful.  There are, for instance, pigeon diseases that can be transmitted to humans and pets.  Now I’m sure you will be wondering: what diseases do birds carry?
Let’s assess diseases carried by birds in the UK so that you can be informed.
Common Diseases
Histoplasmosis is one of the most common diseases carried by birds in the UK.  It is a fungal disease that can cause an infection.  Some of the symptoms include:
• Fever or Chills
• Muscle and Joint Pain
• Headaches
• Tiredness
• Rashes
Another disease that is common is Cryptococcosis, which is also a fungal disease.  About 84% of birds nests test positive for this disease.  With Cryptococcosis you need to watch out for these symptoms:
• Shortness of Breath (SOB)
• Cough
• Fever
• Lesions
Neither of these diseases is often a big problem, and most people will not show symptoms.  Those who do are likely to be suffering from a weakened immune system.  However, in some cases, both diseases can be extreme and may even lead to death.
You might know about Toxoplasmosis through owning cats, as it is most commonly connected with cat faeces, but it can also be found in birds. Toxoplasmosis is caused by a parasite and shows flu like symptoms.  Skin lesions and cyst formation. Here are some of the other symptoms:
• Fever
• Muscle Pain
• Fatigue
• Swollen Glands
• General Body Pain/Chest Pain
Rare Pigeon Diseases
Salmonellosis is the bacteria that causes salmonella and is very dangerous.  While it is often spread by poorly prepared food, birds can transmit it too.  Take a look at the symptoms:
• Diarrhea
• Fever or Chills
• Abdomen Pain
• Tiredness
• Loss of Appetite
Also spread by bird droppings is E.coli.  This is a bacteria that can cause health problems but as long as you maintain proper treatment is not life threatening.  Symptoms include:
• Abdomen Pain
• Tiredness
• Diarrhea, nausea, and Vomiting
Can birds be dangerous?  Yes.  The majority of bird related hazards come from diseases carried by the birds and spread through their droppings.  Those who experience any of the symptoms above from contact with birds should consult a medical practitioner. Or, if you have bird pest control problems, you should contact a bird removal service to have the situation dealt with. This will protect your health and safeguard your family and home.