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Egret invasion raises heath concerns in Del Valle neighborhood

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    Egrets invade Del Valle neighborhood

    Monday, August 4 2014 11:08 PM EDT2014-08-05 03:08:52 GMT
    Hundreds of state and federally protected birds are causing health concerns in one Del Valle neighborhood.
    Hundreds of state and federally protected birds are causing health concerns in one Del Valle neighborhood.

Some people living in Del Valle are concerned for their health after hundreds of egrets have set up their home in their backyards.

The birds' nesting area butts right up to homeowner's property. There are droppings all over everything. residents are hesitant to spend time outside. They say this is a legitimate health risk.

Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services Medical Director Dr. Phil Huang says it's unlikely for any of the Del Valle residents living closely to the Egrets to experience any health problems, but admits there are potential risks should anyone disturb nesting areas or accidentally ingest droppings.

"There's things like salmonella that might be associated with that. That could be something of concern, but if people have concerns, they should see their physician," Dr. Huang said.

Don't stir nest, if you ingest, call your doctor.

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