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.
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