Psittacosis

  • Alternative Names

    Ornithosis; Chlamydia psittaci


    Symptoms
    • Blood-tinged sputum
    • Dry cough
    • Fatigue
    • Fever and chills
    • Headache
    • Joint aches
    • Muscle aches
    • Shortness of breath

    Signs and tests

    The health care provider will hear abnormal lung sounds such as crackles and decreased breath sounds when listening to the chest with a stethoscope.

    Tests include:

    • Antibody titer (rising titer over time is a sign of infection)
    • Blood culture (grows chlamydia)
    • Blood gases
    • CT scan of the chest
    • Sputum culture
    • X-ray of the chest