Goose droppings actually pose no risk of infection, said Tome Baptist, executive director of Audubon Connecticut. "No Scientific study has ever linked goose droppings with infection in human beings," Baptist said.
Christopher W. Olsen, DVM, Ph.D.Professor of Public Health
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madison
"While geese may be either mechanical disseminators or actual carriers of these organisms, the level of risk that they pose remains to be determined. In addition, particularly in the case of Giardia, research suggests that some strains of the organism may be restricted to animals and distinct from strains that infect humans."
Dr. Milton Friend
Former Director, Wildlife Research Center, Waterfowl Disease
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
"On occasion we have been wading in that stuff, dead birds up to our elbows. There is not a single documented case of any of us coming down with any kind of a disease problem as a result of Canada geese. We do not have a human health situation, not in the urban goose, not in the wild goose, not in the captive geese that we have also worked with. We do have a lot of diseases out there that can affect people; most of them come from different places and do not come from the Canada goose, and I’ll leave you with that." (Panel Presentation transcript – 1993)
Dr. Timothy Ford, Author of Microbiological Safety of Drinking Water
Microbiology Dept. of Environmental Health
Harvard School of Public Health
"Numbers of Cryptosporidium oocysts associated with Canada geese and waterfowl in general are likely to be minimal, unimportant, relative to the potential for oocysts shed from other forms of wildlife and humans. In my mind, there is no possibility that the Canada goose will ever be a major route of infection. To suggest otherwise is utterly ludicrous, and you can quote me."
Epidemiologist David E. Stallknecht, co-author of a Centers for Disease Control (Atlanta) study on the birds’ droppings: “While geese feces, like any animal’s feces, contain potentially harmful bacteria, the study found no pathogens … that would be cause for human concern. Goose feces are no more dangerous than other feces, and probably a lot less so than human feces.”
Julia Murphy, public health veterinarian of the Virginia state Department of Health:
“Geese pose no more of a health threat than any other species, includa a ing cats and dogs. Certainly there is a risk of pathogens (disease-causing bacteria) in fecal material but as a particular risk factor in and of itself, there simply is no direct link. You would almost have to ingest droppings to experience discomfort (mild gastrointestinal cramps, perhaps). Routine hygiene – washing hands or keeping close tabs on youngsters too young to tell feces from dirt – are protective measures. If you step in feces, wash it off. That’s it.”
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