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How contagious is psittacosis ?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine

In brief: Not very.

Psittacosis is not particularly infective.
People in close contact with birds ( pet shop owners, vets, zookeepers, etc.) are at greatest risk, but given there are only about 10 cases / yr in us it is not highly contagious. Person to person transmission has been reported but not common. 10% of cases report no bird exposure..... Close exposure to infected birds seems to seroconvert approx 30%.

In brief: Not very.

Psittacosis is not particularly infective.
People in close contact with birds ( pet shop owners, vets, zookeepers, etc.) are at greatest risk, but given there are only about 10 cases / yr in us it is not highly contagious. Person to person transmission has been reported but not common. 10% of cases report no bird exposure..... Close exposure to infected birds seems to seroconvert approx 30%.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Dr. Dan Fisher
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