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Diseases » Psittacosis » Summary
 

What is Psittacosis?

What is Psittacosis?

  • Psittacosis: An infectious disease caused by Chlamydia psittaci and transmitted mainly by infected birds but also by some mammals.
  • Psittacosis: bacteria in the genus of Chlamydophila infecting primarily birds; contains eight known serovars, some of which infect more than one type of host, including humans.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Psittacosis: infectious disease of birds.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Psittacosis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Psittacosis, or a subtype of Psittacosis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Psittacosis: Introduction

Types of Psittacosis:

Broader types of Psittacosis:

How many people get Psittacosis?

Incidence (annual) of Psittacosis: 16 annual cases notified in USA 1999 (MMWR 1999)
Incidence Rate of Psittacosis: approx 1 in 17,000,000 or 0.00% or 16 people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Psittacosis: Since 1996, fewer than 50 confirmed cases were reported in the United States each year. Many more cases may occur that are not correctly diagnosed or reported. (Source: excerpt from Psittacosis: DBMD)

How serious is Psittacosis?

Complications of Psittacosis: see complications of Psittacosis

What causes Psittacosis?

Causes of Psittacosis: see causes of Psittacosis
Causes of Psittacosis: Infection is acquired by inhaling dried secretions from infected birds. (Source: excerpt from Psittacosis: DBMD) ... Although all birds are susceptible, pet birds (parrots, parakeets, macaws, and cockatiels) and poultry (turkeys and ducks) are most frequently involved in transmission to humans. (Source: excerpt from Psittacosis: DBMD)
Risk factors for Psittacosis: see risk factors for Psittacosis

What are the symptoms of Psittacosis?

Symptoms of Psittacosis: see symptoms of Psittacosis

Complications of Psittacosis: see complications of Psittacosis

Incubation period for Psittacosis: 1 to 3 weeks

Incubation period for Psittacosis: The incubation period is 6 to 19 days. (Source: excerpt from Psittacosis: DBMD)

Duration of Psittacosis: usually 2-3 weeks with early treatment

Can anyone else get Psittacosis?

Contagion of Psittacosis: Spread by airborne droplets and from birds.
More information: see contagiousness of Psittacosis
Inheritance: see inheritance of Psittacosis

Psittacosis: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Psittacosis.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Psittacosis.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Psittacosis: Infectious Disease Specialist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Psittacosis.
Treatments for Psittacosis: see treatments for Psittacosis

Society issues for Psittacosis


Hospitalization statistics for Psittacosis: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Psittacosis:

  • 0.0002% (21) of hospital consultant episodes were for chlamydia psittaci infection in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 48% of hospital consultant episodes for chlamydia psittaci infection required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 43% of hospital consultant episodes for chlamydia psittaci infection were for chlamydia psittaci infection men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 57% of hospital consultant episodes for chlamydia psittaci infection were for chlamydia psittaci infection women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Psittacosis:

Organs and body systems related to Psittacosis include:

Name and Aliases of Psittacosis

Main name of condition: Psittacosis

Class of Condition for Psittacosis: bacterial

Other names or spellings for Psittacosis:

Chlamydia psittaci, ornithosis, parrot fever, Chlamydial pneumonia

Chlamydia psittaci, Chlamydophila psittaci Source - Diseases Database

Psittacosis, Parrot fever, Psittacosis, Ornithosis, Parrot disease
Source - WordNet 2.1

Chlamydia psittaci, Chlamydial pneumonia, Ornithosis, Chlamydial pneumonia, Ornithosis, Chlamydia psittaci, Chlamydial pneumonia
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Psittacosis: Related Conditions

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