Psittacosis is a disease caused by a bacteria, Chlamydophila psittaci, which is carried by certain types of birds.

  1. Transmission
  2. Signs & Symptoms
  3. Treatment
  4. Prevention

Psittacosis is spread primarily from birds.  While typically associated with parrot-like species, such as lovebirds (Agapornis roseicollis), many different types of birds can carry the bacteria. The infected birds may not show any signs of illness. People are typically exposed when particles of bird feces or urine are introduced to the air through blowing dust, landscaping activities, etc. Direct handling of infected birds can also be a source of infection.

  1. Office of Epidemiology & Data Services

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    4041 N Central Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85012

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