Ornithosis

Description
  • Chlamysia psittavi, which is a virus-like organism in pigeons, parakeets, farm poultry or waterfowl
     
Location
  • Anywhere birds are present
     
Cause
  • Infectious respiratory disease by inhaling dried bird secretions
     
Symptoms
  • Mild pneumonia or flu like symptoms that can rapidly become fatal
     
Treatment
  • Seek medical attention from a physician
Prevention
  • Wear a face mask or respirator if working in a dry dusty area where bird droppings are present
  • Spray work areas with water and disinfectants to minimize the potential for airborne particles.
     
Other Facts
  • Less than 1% of the cases have been reported in the United States
  • Although birds can carry the disease, they have adapted to it