Psittacosis (sometimes called ornithosis or parrot disease or parrot fever) is an infection of the lung (pneumonia) caused by the bacterium Chlamydophila (Chlamydia). The bacterium is carried by wild and domestic birds, which often show no sign of disease.
People who have close contact with birds, such as parrot breeders pet shop employees, pet owners, poultry farm workers, abattoir workers and veterinarians (vets) and individuals who live near high density native bird populations are at increased risk.
Infection is generally caused by inhaling the dust from dried bird faeces or dry eye and nasal secretions from infected birds.
Symptoms of Psittacosis maybe associate with the flu and include:
- fever and chills
- nausea and vomiting
- muscle and joint pain
- cough, typically dry
- abrupt onset of headache
Thankfully, the disease is uncommon in commercial poultry flocks. There has been reported cases in cattle ,sheep, horses, cats and dogs. If the infection in contracted treatment involves specific and effective antibiotic therapy.
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Last updated: 3rd November, 2016