Quarantine extended 20 years because of blackbird droppings

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The Christian County Board of Health has extended a decades-long quarantine an additional 20 years for property along a Hopkinsville street where a massive blackbird roost contaminated the soil more than 40 years ago.

The Kentucky New Era (http://bit.ly/1LZ5Lmw ) reports that the board voted unanimously and without discussion Monday to extend the quarantine, which sets criteria that any property owner would have to follow prior to any development occurring on the land. The Pardue Lane quarantine started in 1979 and would have expired in January 2016.

Christian County Health Department Director Mark Pyle says disturbing the soil could lead to histoplasmosis, a lung infection caused by breathing in spores of a fungus often found in blackbird droppings.

According to a 1996 report, approximately 80,000 blackbirds roosted on the site in the early 1970s.

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Information from: Kentucky New Era, http://www.kentuckynewera.com

 

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