Psittacosis is a zoonotic disease, which means it can be transmitted from pet birds to people. Psittacosis is treatable when diagnosed correctly. Neither Melissa nor her pet bird Carlisle have psittacosis.
Psittacosis: (disease) An avian disease caused by a primitive bacterium called Chlamydophila psittaci. This avian disease is a zoonosis, which basically means it is a disease that can be transmitted from birds to humans. In the past, it has been referred to as parrot fever or chlamydiosis, but these days it is referred to as psittacosis or chlamydiophilosis. Symptoms in humans are similar to flu symptoms. Symptoms in birds can range from lethargy, lack of appetite, diarrhea, nasal discharge and weight lost to death. Psittacosis is treatable in pet birds and people as long as it is diagnosed properly. It can be fatal in pet birds and people if left undiagnosed and treated and the bird or person is in poor health or has a compromised immune system.
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