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How long do parrot fever (psittacosis) symptoms last for?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
About 5 days.: Pronounced headache, fevers that increase over 3-4 days, and a dry, hacking cough starting up to 5 days after fevers start are the usual symptoms.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Psittacosis: Psittacosis (AKA parrot fever or ornithosis) is an infectious disease caused by Chlamydia psittaci bacteria & can be contracted from parrots, macaws, cockatiels & other bird species. Symptoms may include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, headache, chills, muscle pain & it can lead to pneumonia. Length of illness varies. In mild cases, fever can last over 3 weeks.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How long do parrot fever (psittacosis) last?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Treated?: Psittacosis or ornithosis is treatable with antibiotics and should respond fairly rapidly, although it may be a week or so before you begin to feel fully normal again.

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