Psittacosis (parrot fever) in birds

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Psittacosis (parrot fever) in birds - Vetster

Psittacosis, also known as parrot fever, ornithosis and avian chlamydiosis is a disease caused by the bacteria, Chalmydophila psittaci. It occurs over 450 species of birds worldwide. It is highly infectious among birds and more than 50% of infected birds may die from the infection, the risk of a severe outcome depends on many factors, including the species of bird and overall health status. Cockatiels, budgies and parrots are the most commonly affected.

Symptoms of Psittacosis in Birds

Many infected birds can be asymptomatic for the infection, however birds with an active infection may show some of the following symptoms within days of exposure to the bacteria:

Nasal or ocular discharge Swollen, watery eyes Yellow or green droppings Depression Reduced vocalization Reduced appetite Weight loss Weakness Ruffled feathers Trouble breathing Fever Diarrhea Excessive urination

Treatment of Psittacosis

Treatment of Psittacosis is by the administration of an antibiotic called doxycycline Usual course of treatment requires 4-8 weeks of antibiotic administration. Some patients will recover but remain infected subclinically. Good husbandry and nutrition, and quarantine of any newly acquired birds can help to reduce the risk of infection.

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