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Parrot disease / parrot fever / ornithosis / chlamydophila psittaci infection Chlamydia psittaci infection / chlamydiosis
Psittacosis is an infection caused by Chlamydia psittaci, a type of bacteria found in the droppings of birds such as pigeons. When bird droppings dry and become airborne people may inhale them and get sick. Symptoms usually develop within 10 days after exposure, below are is a list of possible signs of infection:
Antibiotics will be subscribed; treatment is normally given for 2-3 weeks to lower the risk of relapse. Patients normally show a response within 24-72 hours. Patients who have severe disease may need to be managed in high dependency or intensive treatment units and given intravenous fluids, respiratory support and cardiovascular support.
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