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Dr. Stephanie Boyarsky
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Psittacosis (Overview)

Psittacosis is an infection caused by a specific type of bacteria from in bird droppings. The infection spreads from birds to humans. Common symptoms include dry cough, joint pain, muscle pain, blood in the sputum, shortness of breath, and fever.


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How can psittacosis be transmitted?

How can psittacosis be transmitted?

Inhalation: The primary route of infection is via inhalation of aerosolized dried bird droppings or if respiratory secretions from sick birds are inhaled. You can get the disease by handling sick birds or even through transient exposure to sick birds. Human to human transmission is rare. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephanie Boyarsky
16 doctors shared insights

Psittacosis (Overview)

Psittacosis is an infection caused by a specific type of bacteria from in bird droppings. The infection spreads from birds to humans. Common symptoms include dry cough, joint pain, muscle pain, blood in the sputum, shortness of breath, and fever.


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Is foul smelling breath symptom of psittacosis ?

Is foul smelling breath symptom of psittacosis ?

Breath: Halitosis. Many things can cause it, from teeth, gums, stomach, etc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated psittacosis?

Pneumonia: Psittacosis is a respiratory infection due to chlamydiophila psittaci spread from birds. Classically the reservoirs are psittacine birds such as parrots but one of the largest outbreaks in the usa was associated with the turkey processing plant. ...Read more

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How do doctors test and treat psittacosis?

Chest X ray/AB titer: Chest x ray (cxr) shows diffuse, patchy infiltrates, while wbc, esr, liver fxn. Tests (lft) are normal. Diagnosis is made by isolation of gthe organism and seeing a 4 fold rise in antibody. Treatment is tetracycline (500mg/day) for 7-14 days. Fever and symptoms improve in 24-48 hours. Erythromycin can be used in those allergic or who have trouble with tetracycline. ...Read more

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What are the tests for psittacosis?

Chest X ray/AB titer: Chest x ray (cxr) shows diffuse, patchy infiltrates, while wbc, esr, liver fxn. Tests (lft) are normal. Diagnosis is made by isolation of the organism in culture and seeing a 4 fold rise in antibody. Treatment is tetracycline (500mg/day) for 7-14 days. Fever and symptoms improve in 24-48 hours. Erythromycin can be used in those allergic or who have trouble with tetracycline. ...Read more

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Need to know the causal factor of the psittacosis?

Pneumonia: Psittacosis is a respiratory infection due to chlamydiophila psittaci spread from birds. Classically the reservoirs are psittacine birds such as parrots but one of the largest outbreaks in the usa was associated with the turkey processing plant. ...Read more

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What causes psittacosis disease?

Infection: Psittacosis is the name given to infection with chlamydia psittaci organism which spreads from pet birds, most commonly parrots, macaws, cockatiels etc. Birds also get sick from this infection, and can pass it to humans. Infection is most common in lungs (pneumonia) but can also spread to the blood stream. Effective antibiotic therapy with tetracyclines can cure the infection. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat psittacosis?

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. ...Read more

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Should we get rid of our pet birds since I have histoplasmosis?

Should we get rid of our pet birds since I have histoplasmosis?

Pet Bird Diseases: Birds are the fourth common pet, behind dogs, cats, and fish. Common pet bird-associated diseases include psittacosis, influenza, histoplasmosis, avian pneumoencephalitis, and west nile fever. Typical pet birds such as canaries and parrots are not usually susceptible to infection, but doves and pigeons may become colonized. ...Read more

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Is psittacosis chronic?

Yes: This illness comes from the body's reaction to being in close contact to birds. It can be chronic and cause ongoing breathing problems. The patient's doctor can do tests or order a referral to do tests see if that is really the problem. ...Read more