Chlamydiosis in 2 biologists investigating disease occurrences in wild waterfowl

Wildlife Society Bulletin
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Chlamydiosis (ornithosis, psittacosis) is an infectious disease of birds that can be transmitted to humans. Human infections are probably acquired by inhalation of aerosols containing elementary bodies of the causative agent Chlamydia psittaci, from bird droppings, or from tissues. Infected birds do not have to be ill to transmit the organism (Schachter and Dawson 1978). The disease in humans is considered an occupational risk for people working with pet birds (particularly psittacine species) and poultry, but all avian species can be considered as potential reservoirs (Schachter and Dawson 1978). Burkhart and Page (1971) listed >130 species of wild birds as being infected.

The purpose of this report is to draw the disease to the attention of those working with wild birds by describing 2 cases acquired from wild waterfowl and by reviewing other information on human infections associated with wild birds. We do this because the disease can be serious if not treated properly, and because the disease is not usually associated with wild birds the diagnosis may not be considered by physicians without some prompting from the patient.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Chlamydiosis in 2 biologists investigating disease occurrences in wild waterfowl
Series title Wildlife Society Bulletin
Volume 10
Issue 2
Year Published 1982
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description 3 p.
First page 170
Last page 172
Country Canada, United States of America
State California, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Texas, Wisconsin
Other Geospatial Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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