RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In July 2019, two men died in São Paulo due to cryptococcosis, popularly known as pigeon disease. These cases alerted the authorities in Rio de Janeiro, where it became part of everyday life for citizens to share public spaces, such as squares and streets, with the birds.
According to infectiologist Edimilson Migowski, pigeon disease is caused by pulmonary infection due to the absorption of dust infected with the cryptococcus fungus, present in the birds' feces.
It can cause diseases such as meningitis and pneumonia, with high mortality rates. According to data from Fiocruz, deaths are . . .