Chlamydia psittaci

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Caselet

Three weeks after obtaining a new pet parrot, a 40-year old female develops fever, chills, and a severe headache. The parrot is healthy. Her doctor orders a chest X-Ray and there are extensive pulmonary infiltrates

Issues

What form of infection is likely?

  • Chlamydia Psittaci

How would you confirm the diagnosis?

  • Laborary confirmation from respiratory secretions
  • Antibody test on sputum
  • the case is epidemiologically linked to a confirmed case of psittacosis

What treatment would you recommend?

  • Tetracyclines
  • Macrolide antibiotics are an alternative

What public health measures would you recommend?

  • Inform public health authorities
    • They will conduct epidemiological investigations
  • Assist in controlling transmission among humans and birds

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