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Diseasesfeeding stations are potential sources of infection because of the high numbers and density of birds using them, but proper attention to cleaning should prevent any problems. Clearing up waste food, especially from the ground, ought to reduce infestation by rats and mice. The most obvious disease which birds might catch at feeding places is salmonella, a kind of food poisoning, recorded in some species of garden birds and spread through infected droppings. For one's own protection, hands should be properly washed after contact with equipment used by birds.
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