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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

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