Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

Urban feral pigeons (Columba livia) as a source for air- and waterborne contamination with Enterocytozoon bieneusi spores.

Abstract

This study demonstrated that a person with 30 min of occupational or nonoccupational exposure to urban feral pigeons, such as exposure through the cleaning of surfaces contaminated with pigeon excrement, could inhale approximately 3.5×103Enterocytozoon bieneusi spores and that 1.3×103 spores could be inhaled by a nearby person.