Unfortunately, there are a lot of inaccurate statements going around the net from people who don't know the facts about Histoplasmosis. Parroted (ie repeated) information is baseless, useless and usually spreads like wildfire because folks today seemed more preoccupied with "spreading warnings" than actually researching the information.
I read only this morning about a person who was getting a pair of Diamond Doves and heard about "Histoplasmosis" and wondered if she would be endangering her health by getting them. The responses were unbelieveable! "Doves are dirty" "Doves carry histoplasmosis" "Histoplasmosis is a virus/bacteria that will kill you" - and all kinds of such like garbage.
- Histoplasmosis is a fungus, not a virus or a bacteria.
- Histoplasmosis is extremely common in the Ohio and Mississippi river valleys, and up to 80% of folks living in those areas have already had histoplasmosis and never realized it.
- Histoplasmosis is considered both common and rare - common because many people have had it (but never had any symptoms whatsoever, and it cleared up on it's own), and rare because it rarely causes a severe problem.
- Histoplasmosis lives in SOIL not inside birds; although spores can be present in feather dust and droppings.
- Histoplasmosis can grow in damp soil that is unclean and fouled with bird or bat droppings (ie chicken coops, outdoor aviaries, areas where wild birds congregate heavily and foul the ground ). It is NOT going to grow in indoor cages that are kept clean.