Does bird poop have viruses
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- Does bird poop have viruses
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- A: Any animal carries a risk of passing disease to humans. You want to take basic precautions, such as washing your hands before and after handling them. When it comes to birds: Their poop shouldn’t be inhaled or ingested. When cleaning it is best to either wear a respirator to avoid inhaling dry powder from scraping the poop, or to wet it down and wipe it up. I’ve been around birds for years, and have never gotten sick from any of my birds (including pigeons). I also have cared for over 450 birds for over a year, and have never gotten sick, even not wearing a respirator. Our saliva is more dangerous to birds than anything from them is to us. If you use common sense your birds will not get you sick. If however you are prone to respiratory conditions, you should be extra careful, and if you have respiratory symptoms that your doctor can’t easily identify, let them know that you have birds.
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