Psittacosis – Argentina

On April 3, 2022, a series of raids have been carried out to control an outbreak of cases of psittacosis.

It can be transmitted by psittacine birds, such as parrots, parrots, parakeets and parrots, and non-psittacine birds, such as pigeons, goldfinches, or canaries. Symptoms include fever, headache, chills, and pneumonia in more serious cases. This disease can also cause death.

The municipality of May 25 issued an alert for all people who have been in contact with birds in the last few hours.

Photo: Mouse brain smear reveals the presence of the bacterium Chlamydia psittaci. 400x

Psittacosis, also known as parrot fever, is a zoonotic infectious disease in humans caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia psittaci and contracted from infected parrots, such as macaws, cockatiels, and budgerigars, and from pigeons, sparrows, ducks, hens, gulls and many other species of birds.

In humans, after an incubation period of 5–19 days, the symptoms of the disease range from unapparent illness to systemic illness with severe pneumonia.

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