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Psittacosis (Avian Chlamydiosis)

Last Modified: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:33:44 IST
Disease name Psittacosis (Avian Chlamydiosis)
Animal Health Law Category if applicable
Species affected Avian
Definition Avian chlamydiosis (AC) is caused by the bacterium Chlamydophila psittaci. Depending on the virulence of the chlamydial strain and the avian host defence, chlamydiae cause pericarditis, conjunctivitis, sinusitis, airsacculitis, pneumonia, lateral nasal adenitis, peritonitis, hepatitis, and splenitis. Generalised infections result in fever, anorexia, lethargy, diarrhoea, and occasionally shock and death.
Status in Ireland
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland
DAFM Division Responsible Animal Health/Veterinary Medicines/ Non ruminant animal health
Contact Michael Sheahan SSVI
Link to relevant external website http://ezone/intranet/
OIE Link