Psittacosis

  • Alternative Names

    Ornithosis; Chlamydia psittaci


    Treatment

    The infection is treated with antibiotics. Doxycycline is the first line treatment. Other antibiotics that may be prescribed include:

    • Azithromycin
    • Erythromycin
    • Moxiflacin
    • Rifampin
    • Tetracycline

    Note: Tetracycline and doxycycline by mouth is usually not prescribed for children until after all their permanent teeth have started to grow in or to pregnant women. The medicine can permanently discolor teeth that are still forming.


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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Full recovery is expected.


    Complications
    • Brain involvement
    • Decreased lung function as a result of the pneumonia
    • Heart valve infection
    • Inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)

    Calling your health care provider

    Antibiotics are needed to treat this infection. If you develop symptoms of psittacosis, call your health care provider.