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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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