Birds are Also Associated With Over 50 Kinds of Ectoparasites. Several bird ectoparasites** (a parasite that lives on the skin/exterior of a host) can easily transfer to humans, including: Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are often found on pigeons, starlings, and house sparrows.
Can humans get parasites from birds?
Psittacosis can be spread from person to person or from other animals to humans but this happens very rarely. All birds are susceptible to infection, but pet birds (for example: budgies, lorikeets and cockatiels) are most frequently involved in passing the infection to humans.
What diseases can humans get from birds?
Avian Diseases Transmissible to HumansIntroduction. ... Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) ... Chlamydiosis. ... Salmonellosis. ... Colibacillosis. ... Encephalitis Viruses. ... Avian Tuberculosis. ... Newcastle Disease.
What parasites do birds carry?
Internal parasites, which occur inside various organs of the body, such as the stomach or intestines, include worms (e.g., tapeworms and roundworms), protozoa (e.g., Giardia), and trichomonads. External parasites, infecting skin or feathers, include mites, fleas, and ticks.
What are the symptoms of psittacosis in humans?
In humans, the symptoms are fever, headache, chills, muscle pains, cough, and sometimes breathing difficulty or pneumonia. If left untreated, the disease can be severe, and even result in death, especially in older people. Some people may only experience mild flu-like illness, or have no illness at all.