Psittacosis In Macaws

psittacosis-in-macawsAlso known as Parrot Fever, Psittacosis can affect birds, humans and other animals. It is caused by Chlamydia psittaci, a type of bacteria. The symptoms generally vary depending on what strain of the bacteria is infecting the bird, as well as the age, species, and the presence of pre-existing health problems that the bird is suffering from.

Some birds are asymptomatic, meaning they don’t show any symptoms of the infection; however those that do generally suffer from respiratory problems such as noisy or labored breathing and sinus infections. Other signs include fluffed up feathers, swelling of the eye and the presence of eye discharge, lethargy, and loss of appetite. Affected birds can also urinate excessively and have strange-colored feces. Humans can get the infection from sick birds, and the symptoms are very similar to influenza.

Transmission is through the droppings and nasal discharges of infected birds. Young or stressed macaws are particularly susceptible. Call your pet clinic hiring affected birds should be quarantined immediately. Your vet may prescribe antibiotics after conducting tests and confirming diagnosis.


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