Etiology Of Pneumonia

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Definition

Psittacosis is an infection caused by Chlamydia psittaci, a type of bacteria found in the droppings of birds. Birds spread the infection to humans.


Alternative Names

Ornithosis; Chlamydia psittaci


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Psittacosis is a rare disease: 100 - 200 cases are reported each year in the United States.

Bird owners, pet shop employees, persons who work in poultry processing plants, and veterinarians are at increased risk for this infection....

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