ANIMAL TRANSMITTED DISEASES

Many animals and birds of all types and sizes would love to make their home in your nice
warm chimney and there are many of good reasons NOT to let this happen to you.  A
professional chimney sweep can "animal proof" your chimney.

When your chimney is not in use, animals tend to find shelter within the cozy opening.
Animal debris and droppings can be a serious health hazard and should not be allowed to
accumulate in your chimney.

Diseases are a major concern when allowing animals to take residence in your chimney.
Diseases are spread through the handling or inhaling of animal waste.

Campylobacter: A bacterial disease which is acquired by ingesting animal feces or water
and foodstuffs contaminated by infected feces.  Most people who become ill with
campylobacteriosis get diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever within 2 to 5 days
after exposure to the organism. The diarrhea may be bloody and can be accompanied by
nausea and vomiting


Salmonellosis: Is probably the most common disease spread from animal to man. A
bacterial disease of the intestinal tract causing diarrhea as a primary symptom. Spread to
humans through the ingestion of infected feces or water and foodstuffs that have been
contaminated. Almost all mammals and some birds and reptiles can have salmonella
organisms in their feces.



Shigellosis: A bacterial disease producing a potentially severe diarrhea which include
signs of weakness and dehydration. The usual hosts for this organism are non human
primates (monkeys) and it is spread via the fecal-oral route. This disease closely
resembles a salmonella infection and is typically difficult to diagnose in humans unless
there is a suspicion of exposure to an infected primate.



Giardiasis: A protozoan disease of intestinal tract leading to diarrhea which can be
intermittent and very chronic. Organisms are obtained by ingestion of contaminated feces
or foodstuffs contaminated by feces. It can also be obtained from drinking water that has
been contaminated. Millions of germs can be released in a bowel movement from an
infected human or animal. Giardia is found in soil, food, water, or surfaces that have been
contaminated with the feces from infected animals.



Amoebiasis: A protozoan disease of the intestinal tract leading to diarrhea. It is obtained
by ingestion of contaminated feces or food stuffs and water. Symptoms  are usually
gastrointestinal including diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain or discomfort and fever.
Symptoms take from a few days to a few weeks to develop and manifest themselves, but
usually it is about two to four weeks.



Toxoplasmosis: A protozoan infection spread most likely by cat feces, but also obtainable
from undercooked meals. This disease leads to general malaise or flu like symptoms in
most people as the parasites migrate through the body tissues.
While the parasite is found throughout the world, more than 60 million people in the
United States may be infected with the Toxoplasma parasite. Of those who are infected,
very few have symptoms because a healthy person's immune system usually keeps the
parasite from causing illness. However, pregnant women and individuals who have
compromised immune systems should be cautious.


Tetanus: A bacterial infection in wounds contaminated with the organisms which are
common in the feces of many animals. Humans develop a rigid muscle paralysis due to
the absorption of a toxin produced by the clostridial bacteria growing in a wound.



Psittacosis: A bacterial infection obtained by inhaling the aerosolized bacteria from
infected bird feces. Pigeons, Parrots, Parakeets and Lovebirds have been implicated in
human infections. In humans, this disease is usually manifest as a respiratory illness of
varying degrees.



Visceral Larval Migrans: A condition that results from the migration of parasite larvae
through the body tissues of an animal. As a general group, the roundworms (ascarids)
are a set of parasites in which visceral larval migrans is a routine part of their life cycle. In
humans, visceral larval migrans has been associated with the ingestion of animal feces or
soil heavily contaminated with ascarid eggs. Cat, dog, pig and raccoon ascarids are four
roundworms implicated in human cases of visceral larval migrans. A person with visceral
larval migrans can have symptoms ranging from mild abdominal upset and discomfort to a
more generalized soreness. These are cases of central nervous system inflammation due
to ascarids migrating into spine, brain or even the eyes.
Dog ascarid is Toxocara canis.
Cat ascarid is Toxocara cati.
Pig ascarid is Ascaris suum.
Raccoon ascarid is Bayliascaris procyonis.


Histoplasmosis: A fungal infection which is probably the most common systemic fungal
infection in man and dogs in North America. The fungus is most commonly found in
surface soil heavily contaminated with the droppings from birds such as pigeons, starlings
and chickens. This disease can also be obtained from bat feces. Victims are infected by
inhalation of the fungus with dust particles when the contaminated soil is disturbed. Signs
of the disease include respiratory problems due to lung infection, or a more generalized
problem such as lymph node enlargement. The liver and spleen may also be swollen. In
addition, the disease may affect the intestinal tract leading to problems such as diarrhea
and weight loss.


Blastomycosis: A fungal infection affecting man and dogs primarily. The disease is
acquired by inhalation of spores from disturbed soil contaminated by this organism. Lung
infections are the first stage of this disease, but it may become more widespread leading
to swelling of the lymph nodes.


DISEASES SPREAD BY URINE CONTACT:

Leptospirosis: A bacterial disease spread by contact with animal urine. Most mammalian
species can carry this disease. Symptoms range from fever and malaise to meningitis with
jaundice.  At right is the effect on a persons infected kidneys.


DISEASES SPREAD BY BITES:

Rabies: A viral disease spread primarily through the saliva of affected animals. Any
mammalian species can be infected with rabies virus. The carnivores which could include
raccoons and rats etc. and bats are the highest incidence carriers with risk of exposure to
man. Human infections are basically fatal once established.

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