(ornithosis, parrot fever)
Psittacosis is a disease caused by a microorganism
called Chlamydia psittaci. It is usually transmitted to humans from
birds, especially parakeets and parrots, but also from species like
pigeons, turkeys, and ducks.
Since this disease is spread by birds, it occasionally
occurs in pet store workers or people who have recently purchased an
infected pet bird. It may also be found in farmers and slaughterhouse
workers who process turkeys and ducks.
fact sheet -
Information for health professionals
This is a Wisconsin Disease Surveillance Category II disease:
the patient's local public health department electronically, through the Wisconsin
Electronic Disease Surveillance System
(WEDSS), by mail or fax using an Acute and Communicable Disease Case
Report F-44151 or by other means within 72 hours
upon recognition of a case.
Information on Communicable Disease Reporting
Wisconsin case reporting
and public health follow-up guidelines: Psittacosis
Psittacosis case report form
Local Health Departments - Regional offices - Tribal agencies
March 04, 2014