One of the new ducks that has grown up a bit has strange colours and is very cheeky
A lot of comments on Facebook about the geese mess by the lake and people with children are complaining it gets on pram wheels and shoes meaning you take it home
Research has shown that the excrement of geese contains a wide variety of pathogens capable of infecting humans and that can also be transferred to the water and air quality. However, the transmission of disease or parasites from geese to humans has not been well documented. The parasites do exist, so the potential exists, and the higher number of geese the higher the potential. But since there are gaps in the research, we do caution that the presence of a disease does not necessarily translate into a threat to public health.
Parasites, bacteria, viruses and fungus that are present in Canada geese
Parasites can cause diarrhea and infection, especially in individuals with compromised immune systems. Three parasites that are a concern to humans are cryptosporidium, giardia and toxoplasmosis. Infection may occur through eating a goose that is undercooked or drinking contaminated water. Caution should be observed when swimming in any lake, pond or beach area that has a presence of geese.
The bacteria transferred from Canada geese that cause humans concern are chlamydiosis, e-coli, listeria, pasteurella multocida and salmonella. Infected birds can shed the bacteria through feces, nasal discharge and when someone is bitten. Humans normally manifest infection by pneumonia or through a wound. The presence of e-coli correlates to the temperature, so there is a higher probability of e-coli presence during the month of June rather than February. Unless you are working around Canada geese or involved in feces clean up, the risk of infection can be low.
Canada geese are members of a group of birds that have been known to contract avian influenza. In 2004, researchers confirmed that Canada geese could contract H5N1, and it is an on-going concern that geese can introduce the disease. There is on-going research to help validate these concerns.
Lastly, histoplasmosis fungus grows in soil enriched with bird droppings, including those from geese. When these contaminated soils are stirred up, the fungal spores can become dispersed and inhaled, thereby infecting individuals. Goose droppings have not been identified as a source for histoplasmosis, however, in light of the conflicting information, we suggest people practice caution when raking, mowing or stirring up soil enriched with goose droppings. It does not appear that goose droppings on sidewalks and other non-soil surfaces pose a risk.
How to proactively protect yourself from diseases that Canada geese carry
As a general rule, keeping a distance from geese and areas frequented by geese will always be the first line of defense in combating any diseases that geese can carry. Individuals with compromised immune systems should be extra cautious.
We suggest the following safety guidelines:
- Wear protective gloves while working with feces or geese
- Wash hands after working outdoors around geese
- Launder work clothes
- Shower after a day of working outdoors around geese
- We wash our dogs paws daily at the end of every working day
- We suggest washing bottoms of shoes at the end of every working day
One of the dead trees that Cheshire east are leaving to endanger members of the public its over 30 ft and if that comes down it could kill a lot of people if they are close. As per last week post managers have been advised since January but no action is being taken
Coronation walk and the water fall still only works when we have had a lot of rain the rest of the time its dead. When it does work the flow is so slow its not worth having and as it leaves stagnant water its becoming another hazard as its covered in weed, alga and rubbish. If the flow was more and it worked all the time it would be washed away. adding to that when its strimmed all the rubbish goes in the brook clogging it up. The whole stream wants a good clean not a massive expensive job
If kids get in this what can they catch?