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What are the health risks of geese feces? What are the danger of playing in geese feces infested area?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine
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Like other animals, feces from geese contain high levels of bacteria.
Some of the bacteria commonly living in bird feces are harmful to humans. These include strains of e. Coli, salmonella, campylobacter, and listeria. Avian influenza could also be spread through this route, but this has not been observed on a large scale to date. Infections contracted from geese typically cause severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Severe cases can lead to intestinal bleeding, kidney failure, septic shock, and death. Flocks of geese can leave impressive amounts of feces in the ponds and lakes they frequent, and lead to high bacterial levels in the water. Splashing, wading, swimming, or drinking contaminated water can lead to infections. It is wise to avoid playing in areas with large numbers of geese or their feces.

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Like other animals, feces from geese contain high levels of bacteria.
Some of the bacteria commonly living in bird feces are harmful to humans. These include strains of e. Coli, salmonella, campylobacter, and listeria. Avian influenza could also be spread through this route, but this has not been observed on a large scale to date. Infections contracted from geese typically cause severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Severe cases can lead to intestinal bleeding, kidney failure, septic shock, and death. Flocks of geese can leave impressive amounts of feces in the ponds and lakes they frequent, and lead to high bacterial levels in the water. Splashing, wading, swimming, or drinking contaminated water can lead to infections. It is wise to avoid playing in areas with large numbers of geese or their feces.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: GERMS

Canadian geese (wild) have been carriers of campylobacter jejuni, chalmydiosis psitticai, e-coli, listeria, giardia, phyla apicomplexa, nematoda, arthropoda, leucocytozoon, haemoproteus, microfilariae, and plasmodium. Pasteurella multocida is possible if one is bitten by a canadian goose, salmonella is possible if handling feces and histoplasmosis is possible if inhaled.

In brief: GERMS

Canadian geese (wild) have been carriers of campylobacter jejuni, chalmydiosis psitticai, e-coli, listeria, giardia, phyla apicomplexa, nematoda, arthropoda, leucocytozoon, haemoproteus, microfilariae, and plasmodium. Pasteurella multocida is possible if one is bitten by a canadian goose, salmonella is possible if handling feces and histoplasmosis is possible if inhaled.
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