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Psittacosis (Avian Chlamydiosis)

Last Modified: Thu, 09 May 2019 08:37:28 IST
Disease name Psittacosis (Avian Chlamydiosis)
Animal Health Law Category if applicable D, E
Species affected Avian
Description 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 Present
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland Not applicable
DAFM Division Responsible Veterinary Public Health, Pig & Poultry Health Division
Link to relevant external website
Notifiable in Ireland Yes
OIE Listed Yes
OIE Link