Psittacosis: An Invisible Threat from Our Feathered Companions – Biological Times

Psittacosis: An Invisible Threat from Our Feathered Companions

Publication Date : 05/05/2023


Author(s) :

Muhammad Abdullah Qureshi , Zuha Fatima , Muqadas , Muhammad luqman shabbir, Durr E Najaf .


Volume/Issue :
Volume 2
,
Issue 4
(05 - 2023)



Abstract :

Psittacosis is a zoonotic disease caused by bacterium Chlamydia psittaci and primarily affects birds mainly parrot family and known as parrot fever or avian chlamydiosis. People in close contact with affected birds are at high risk. This disease first identified in 20th century but first documented outbreak of psittacosis occurred in 1929.In affected birds different respiratory, ocular, digestive, neurological and generalised signs and symptoms are observed. In humans affected with psittacosis show flu like, respiratory, gastrointestinal and systemic signs and symptoms which in severe cases leads to pneumonia while severity of signs and symptoms of disease vary among individuals and species. Antibiotics are quite effective in treatment of psittacosis. Diagnosis of psittacosis depends on the medical history, physical examination, blood tests, serology tests, PCR, culture and chest x-ray etc


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