|The following are quotes from credible experts with the REAL
FACTS about pigeons and public health: |
TV series segment, Healthier Living, shows how feeding wild
pigeons helps relieve the stresses of day to day living.
"...diseases associated with [pigeons]
present little risk to people..." Dr.
Michael McNeil, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta.
"One man's nuisance is another man's pleasure." "'People
worry that pigeons carry disease,' but the danger is 'an exaggeration
created by pest control companies looking for business.'" - Guy Hodge,
Naturalist for the Humane Society of the United States.
"The New York City Department of Health has no documented
cases of communicable disease transmitted from pigeons to humans." -
Dr. Manuel Vargas, New York City Department of Health.
"Pigeons are not a public health hazard. Nobody
in public health is losing any sleep over pigeons." - Dr. Joel McCullough,
Medical Director, Environmental Health, Chicago Department of
"[...the Arizona Department of Health Services
does] not have any documented human cases of disease which have
been definitively linked to outdoor pigeons or pigeon droppings. When
cases of diseases are reported (and by law [certain bird related zoonoses
are] reportable diseases), VBZD staff conduct complete investigations to
confirm the diagnosis and identify the source of infection. …Our case investigation data gathered so far, would suggest
that pigeons are not significant as a cause of human disease in
“We don’t see pigeon-related-disease problems...” “I don’t think they’re seeing them
anywhere..." - Bill Kottkamp, Supervisor, Vector
Control, St. Louis County Health Department
"Pigeons do not get avian
influenza and don't carry the virus," Dr. Cornelius Kiley, DVM,
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Although pigeons have been shown to become infected with
West Nile Virus, they do not act as reservoirs
and therefore don't transmit the virus..." -Pennsylvania
West Nile Virus Surveillance Program.
“We do have some concern about the indiscriminate
killing of pigeons.” “[For example, histoplasmosis
disease rates are] misleading and irrelevant, because histo’s
so ubiquitous. It’s in the soil, regardless of whether pigeons are
around or not...”- Dr. Marshall Lyon,
National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta
“Problematic density [affecting human safety] is probably more
determined by people getting their possessions defaced.” “I’m not
terribly worried about pigeons.” - Dr. Alex Bermudez, University of
Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine
"I am not aware of any reported cases of diseases that
were transmitted by pigeons in Mohave County." - Larry Webert,
R.S., Mohave County Environmental Health Division