ASPERGILLOSIS AND YOUR BIRD
We all love to have animals, but we need to be careful not to cause ourselves more pain and suffering. No matter what pet you have, some risks are associated with having one. You will want to be sure you know what those risks are and that you do everything you can to make sure they don't' happen.
When you have a bird for a pet, you might risk developing Aspergillosis. Aspergillosis comes from a fungus found in compost piles or other areas where bird waste has been collected. If you keep your bird's cage clean, there is little chance of getting Aspergillosis. But suppose you have larger birds or a bigger amount of birds on your property; in that case, there is a chance that you could see an outbreak of Aspergillosis if you aren’t careful.
There are several signs of Aspergillosis you should watch out for. Since it is a general lung infection from fungus, the most evident symptoms will be wheezing and coughing, coughing up phlegm, and an inability to breathe. You can also find yourself disoriented and confused or with a high fever.
The best way to avoid getting Aspergillosis or other diseases is to make sure you run clean and safe establishments. This is good for both humans as well as for birds. Make sure your animals live in quarters easily to clean and dispose of the waste in a not dangerous way. Regular cleaning means nothing if you leave bird waste near humans. People might come in contact with it and become sick.
Suppose you think that you or your family members have developed Aspergillosis. In that case, you will want to be sure you see a doctor right away. There are various stages to the illness, and the sooner you figure it out, the better you will be. Be sure to notify the doctor about your birds and what you might have come into contact with.