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Two patients dead after a fungal infection linked to pigeon feces

At Queen Elizabeth University hospital in Glasgow, Scotland two individuals have died from the same fungal infection. This fungus goes by the name of Cryptococcus. The main form of contraction for this infection is through inhalation, and this fungus is usually only found in soil and pigeon feces. There is little information released about the individuals in question as patient confidentiality is at risk, but officials say the likely source of contraction is an area which is not open to the public that contained a large amount of pigeon droppings, which were subsequently removed. In addition, control measures were taken at the hospital to ensure no further cases of this infection, and have thus far proven to be effective. The air quality in this facility is now being strictly monitored, as this fungus can become and is most commonly contracted as air borne. It is said that many people who ingest this fungus do not have any serious side effects, but it is impossible to know who will and won’t be affected, so it is essential to take precautions to prevent excessive inhalation.

If you own or work in a location that has an excess amount of pigeons, or any nuisance animal causing a health risk due to excessive fecal droppings, destruction of property, or  over occupation of space our technicians at Hawkeye can help. We have the tools and the skills to deal with these animals, can provide a permanent solution if needed, and can make sure your health and safety is no longer a risk. We can use chemicals such as bleach or steam cleaning to eliminate the presence of this fungus or any other bacteria that could be harmful to humans. And we can also use technics such as abatement and/or trapping to deter, relocate, or permanently remove your nuisance wildlife depending on your needs and specific situation. These specifics can be discussed with one of our professionals by visiting our contact us page. We would love to hear from you and provide the most effective and efficient solution to your animal control problem.

 

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