Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Parrot Fever Underlying Cause

Psittacosis is caused by the bacteria, Chlamydia psittaci.

This bacteria is spread to humans from birds by two methods:

  • Ingestion of contaminated feces
  • Inhalation of infected particles in the air

Exotic pet birds are usually the source of psittacosis infection in humans. Poultry and turkeys in the US have also been sources for infection.

Last Updated: Nov 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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