Can a bird give you chlamydia?

Can a bird give you chlamydia?

Chlamydia psittaci is a bacterium that can be transmitted from pet birds to hu- mans. In humans, the resulting infection is referred to as psittacosis (also known as parrot disease, parrot fever, and ornithosis).

How do I know if my bird has chlamydia?

The clinical signs may include anorexia, lethargy, ruffled feathers, serous or mucopurulent oculonasal discharge, and weight loss. Some birds develop respiratory signs ranging from sneezing to respiratory distress. Conjunctivitis and diarrhea with green to yellowish droppings may also be seen.

How do you prevent chlamydia in birds?


  1. Keep cages clean; clean cages and food and water bowls daily.
  2. Position cages so that food, feathers, and droppings cannot spread between them (i.e., do not stack cages, use solid-sided cases or barriers if cages are next to each other).
  3. Avoid over-crowding.
  4. Isolate and treat infected birds.

What is chlamydia in a bird?

Chlamydia psittaci is a type of bacteria that often infects birds. Less commonly, these bacteria can infect people and cause a disease called psittacosis. Psittacosis can cause mild illness or pneumonia (lung infection). To help prevent this illness, follow good precautions when handling and cleaning birds and cages.

How do I know chlamydia is gone?

When will the signs and symptoms go away?

  • Discharge or pain when you urinate should improve within a week.
  • Bleeding between periods or heavier periods should improve by your next period.
  • Pelvic pain and pain in the testicles should start to improve quickly but may take up to two weeks to go away.

How do you get chlamydia from a bird?

Bacterial infection of humans with C. psittaci is also referred to as psittacosis. Infection usually occurs following inhalation of aerosolized bacteria from droppings, feathers, or tissues of infected birds. Transmission also may be mouth to beak, although cases acquired in this fashion are no doubt underreported, for obvious reasons.

What kind of disease does Chlamydophila psittaci cause?

Chlamydophila psittaci is primarily a pathogen of birds, with infections documented in more than 150 species worldwide. The disease has been given several names. Psittacosis is a disease of psittacine (parrot-type) birds. Ornithosis is the same disease affecting nonpsittacine birds. Other names used are avian chlamydiosis or parrot fever.

What kind of infections can Chlamydia muridarum cause?

Chlamydia muridarum contains two strains, isolated from hamsters and mice, that previously belonged to C. trachomatis. The hamster strain may be avirulent, and murine infection may be inapparent or manifest as pneumonia. Chlamydophila psittaci is primarily a pathogen of birds, with infections documented in more than 150 species worldwide.

What kind of disease can a bird get?

Chlamydia psittaci infection can result in the disease known as chlamydiosis. The disease presentation in birds varies and may include generalised infection affecting internal organs, including the respiratory tract and enlargement of the spleen and liver.