volume 24, issue 1, P7-25 2010
DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2009.10.003
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Andrew J. Stewardson, M. Lindsay Grayson

Abstract: Psittacosis is a systemic zoonotic infection with protean clinical features. The major risk factor is exposure to birds; bird owners, veterinarians, those involved with breeding and selling birds, and commercial poultry processors are most at risk. Patients typically present with 1 week of fevers, headache, myalgias, and a nonproductive cough. Although pneumonia is the most common manifestation, all organ systems can be involved. Serology remains the mainstay of diagnosis; however, polymerase chain reaction te…

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