Pet Bird in Brampton Tests Positive for Psittacosis
BRAMPTON, ON. (August 17, 2017) – A pet cockatiel purchased through a home-based aviary business in Brampton has tested positive for avian chlamydiosis, an infection that can cause psittacosis in humans. There are no reported instances of human infection in connection with this case and the risk to the general public is low.
Peel Public Health advises anyone who may have recently purchased a bird from a home-based Brampton aviary, or through Kijiji, to take that bird, and any other pet birds that have been in contact with it, to a veterinarian to be tested for avian chlamydiosis. Birds carrying the bacteria that cause psittacosis in humans and avian chlamydiosis in birds may appear healthy but could still be shedding the bacteria. Infected birds should be treated with antibiotics to eliminate the infection.
Residents who have purchased a bird from a home-based aviary business or on Kijiji and are now experiencing fever, muscle aches and a dry cough are advised to see their family doctor. If diagnosed, psittacosis is highly treatable with antibiotics.
For more information about psittacosis, visit the CDC's website.
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