You never know who you might meet on the MRT.
This is especially the case in Singapore, where a pigeon was recently spotted making an unexpected appearance on the MRT train.
A video posted on the Roads.sg Facebook page showed the pigeon sitting on one of the seats, surrounded by its poop.
Social media users noticed the poop’s effectiveness in ensuring social distancing between commuters, but many also expressed their concern for the potential diseases that are carried by pigeons and their droppings.
“Breathing dust or water droplets containing contaminated bird droppings can lead to several diseases, including a flu-like illness called psittacosis,” someone commented.
“Salmonella – a bacterial infection that can cause diarrhea – may also be present in some bird droppings,” they continued.
“Wah..careful..Bird Flu on d Loose,” another said.
Fortunately for most people, the health risk is low for the diseases pigeon droppings cause. Pigeons are also not likely to be carriers of the bird flu. However, people that have a compromised immune system may be more susceptible to the diseases.
Nevertheless, everyone is advised to wash their hands after coming in to contact with pigeons or their droppings, especially after meeting one on the MRT.