CDC: Psittacosis   [open html - 29KB]

Alternate Title: CDC: Chlamydia Psittaci

This webpage is maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The webpage provides information and resources on Psittacosis (Chlamydia Psittaci). "Since 1996, fewer than 50 confirmed cases were reported in the United States each year. Many more cases may occur that are not correctly diagnosed or reported. […] Endocarditis, hepatitis, and neurologic complications may occasionally occur. Severe pneumonia requiring intensive-care support may also occur. Fatal cases have been reported. […] Infection is acquired by inhaling dried secretions from infected birds. The incubation period is 5 to 19 days. Although all birds are susceptible, pet birds (parrots, parakeets, macaws, and cockatiels) and poultry (turkeys and ducks) are most frequently involved in transmission to humans. […] Bird owners, pet shop employees, and veterinarians. Outbreaks of psittacosis in poultry processing plants have been reported."

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