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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-02-2014, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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If I get sick?

My mom and my brother are kinda sick, and I think I'm starting to come down with something as well. So that brings me to my question-should I avoid handling my birds if I'm sick? If I could possibly transmit a disease to my birds, how could it happen and what is the chance of it happening?
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I called my family vet about that when I had a bad cold.
He sad he was nearly 100% sure that humans can't transmit that to birds.
I could handle them, but had to wash my hands carefully before.
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I'm not positive but I'm pretty sure you can't transmit anything to birds. I wouldn't be too worried about it. I hope you feel better soon! I've come down with a very bad cold and I feel awful.

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You can't give anything to them but they can give you stuff Psittacosis AKA parrot fever is a zoonotic disease

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I always wash my hands before/after handling anyway. Just never know what could be on your hands just from your regular routine that could effect them.

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Actually, yes, you can make your bird sick (e.coli infection is very common in pet birds and it's caused by humans) but you can't give them the common cold.
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