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Document ID (ISN)101365
CIS number 03-430
ISSN - Serial title 0829-0369 - Travail et santé
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Frenette Y.
Title Contamination of ventilation systems by pigeons: An unrecognized hazard
Original title La contamination des systèmes de ventilation par des pigeons: un risque méconnu [in French]
Bibliographic information Dec. 2002, Vol.18, No.4, p.22-26. Illus. 11 réf.
Abstract The presence of pigeons can lead to the contamination of ventilation systems and it favours the growth of microorganisms that can affect the health of persons inside the buildings. Indeed, the contamination of ventilation systems by pigeon droppings is an unrecognized hazard that needs to be addressed. This article describes the symptoms of various diseases caused by pigeons, as well as the measures that need to be taken when pigeons establish a nesting colony near a ventilation system (disinfection, removal of the droppings, decontamination of the premises, installation of physical obstacles).
Descriptors (primary) pigeons; biological hazards; ventilation systems; droppings
Descriptors (secondary) disinfection of equipment; moulds; contamination; symptoms; premises and workplaces; zoonoses
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Heating, ventilation and climate
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Zoonoses
Animal hazards
Biological hazards