Chicken disease that can cause blindness in humans????

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 202roosterlane, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. 202roosterlane

    202roosterlane Happy Hen on a Harley

    Feb 24, 2011
    Central Arkansas
    Long story short, my neighbor, the Lonoke Eye doctor complained about my chickens and said they can spread a disease that causes people to go blind. And that he currently knows of five people going blind because of it. Can't find anything on the Internet about this.

    He said the name but of course it was some long crazy drawn out term. Something, yadda, yadda "osis".

    Considering he lives 2 acres from me I don't think my burning used poop chips are going to fly to his yard and cause him to go blind.

    Am I wrong? Is there something to worry about. I am crazy about poultry Bio-security as seen in my thread
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...-worry-too-much-or-should-we-all-do-more/0_40

    I can't imagine having to do more to insure the safety of my family as well as my poultry. Thanks for your help.
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2012
  2. FeatherPainter

    FeatherPainter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2011
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    I'll be very surprised if this is true, maybe he just likes pulling your leg. Hopefully someone who knows for sure will answer.
     
  3. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. CrystalJ

    CrystalJ Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm sure he's referring to toxoplasmosis . It's also present in cat feces.
     
  5. 202roosterlane

    202roosterlane Happy Hen on a Harley

    Feb 24, 2011
    Central Arkansas
  6. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it was interesting to read. Guess i'll have to add it to the list of things that might kill me one day. lol [​IMG]
     
  7. GardenLily

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  8. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Five people? What the heck were they doing????????
     
  9. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe a meaner variation of "being in the dog house" [​IMG]
     
  10. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    There are a few people here in BYC that suffer from histoplasmosis. Always wear a mask when cleaning the coop, common sense.
    One could always mist inside their coop with oxine a few times a week, that will kill the fungus/spores that cause histoplasmosis and any other bacterial/viral pathogens.
     

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