Psittacosis is an occupational disease of zoo and pet-shop employees, poultry farmers, and ranchers. It is an infection caused by bacteria found in the droppings of birds. Birds spread the infection to humans. Bird owners, pet shop employees, persons who work in poultry processing plants, and veterinarians are at increased risk for this infection.
Symptoms: Dry cough, Fatigue, Fever and chills, Headache, Joint aches, sputum with blood.
Treatment: The infection is treated with antibiotics naamely Doxycycline, macrolides, Fluoroquinolones or tetracyclines.
Statistics: Only 100 to 200 cases are reported each year in the United States.