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Can a person get pneumonia from handling pigeons? Owner of pigeons has about 13 of them, unknown breed, and feeds them on a daily basis.

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Dr. Joy Jackson
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There is a rare form of pneumonia that is transmitted by certain birds, including pigeons called psittacosis, its caused by a bacteria called chlamydia psittaci.
The transmission is typically from inhaling the feces from the birds or inhaling the dust from the feathers, and less commonly from being bitten by a bird. The symptoms of this type of pneumonia are similar to more common types (fever, chills. Cough with sputum production etc.) if you have sick pigeons have them treated right away and while handling them always wear a mask!

In brief: There

There is a rare form of pneumonia that is transmitted by certain birds, including pigeons called psittacosis, its caused by a bacteria called chlamydia psittaci.
The transmission is typically from inhaling the feces from the birds or inhaling the dust from the feathers, and less commonly from being bitten by a bird. The symptoms of this type of pneumonia are similar to more common types (fever, chills. Cough with sputum production etc.) if you have sick pigeons have them treated right away and while handling them always wear a mask!
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