People who feed pigeons
There are 60 diseases humans can contract from pigeons, and this guy in Washington Square Park must be one of the loneliest souls in New York City. Really, to be such a bird man, loving their bird-brained adoration as they climb all over you; he revels in the trust that they give few. It makes this man feel special, a Dr. Doolittle of downtown New York.
That is what I think when I see bird people like him in my neighborhood, because their adopted pigeon progeny roost on my windowsills and fire escape. To pity this man is the only way I can make sense of what posses him and neighbors of mine like him to nourish these filthy birds to flouish. Here are a few diseases this guy can get from these pigeons that he doesn’t care about:
Histoplasmosis - also known as “Cave disease,” is caused by the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum. Symptoms of this infection vary greatly, but the disease primarily affects the lungs. Occasionally, other organs are affected; this is called disseminated histoplasmosis, and it can be fatal if untreated.
St. Louis encephalitis – an inflammation of the nervous system, usually causes drowsiness, headache and fever. It may even result in paralysis, coma or death. St. Louis encephalitis occurs in all age groups, but is especially fatal to persons over age 60.
Escherichia coli - Virulent strains of E. coli can cause gastroenteritis, urinary tract infections, and neonatal meningitis. In rarer cases, virulent strains are also responsible for hæmolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), peritonitis, mastitis, septicemia and Gram-negative pneumonia.
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