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Parrot Fever

Why is it in the news?

  • Psittacosis, also known as parrot fever, has resulted in the deaths of five individuals across Europe this year.

 About Parrot fever

  • Parrot fever, also known as psittacosis, is a respiratory bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Chlamydophila psittaci (C. psittaci).
  • It primarily affects parrots but can spread to humans.
  • Transmission occurs through inhalation of particles from infected parrot feathers, secretions, or dry faeces.
  • Human-to-human transmission is rare but possible.
  • The outbreak has been reported in Denmark, Netherlands, Austria, Germany, and Sweden.
  • Individuals infected with parrot fever may experience pneumonia-like symptoms such as coughing, difficulty breathing, and chest pain. Other symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headaches, and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Prevention:

  • Proper hygiene practices, including frequent handwashing, and avoiding contact with sick birds are essential preventive measures.
  • Raising awareness and implementing precautionary measures are crucial in limiting transmission.

Treatment:

  • Treatment typically involves antibiotics targeting the bacterial infection.
  • Supportive care such as rest, hydration, and a nutritious diet can aid the body’s immune system in fighting the infection.

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