Psittacosis is an illness characterized by fever, chills, headache, myalgia, and a dry cough with pneumonia often evident on chest x-ray. Severe pneumonia requiring intensive-care support, endocarditis, hepatitis, and neurologic complications occasionally occur.
An illness characterized by fever, chills, headache, cough and myalgia that has either:
An illness characterized by fever, chills, headache, cough and myalgia, and laboratory confirmed by either:
Although MIF has shown greater specificity to C. psittaci than CF, positive serologic findings by both techniques may occur as a result of infection with other Chlamydia species and should be interpreted with caution. To increase the reliability of test results, acute- and convalescent-phase serum specimens should be analyzed at the same time in the same laboratory. A real-time polymerase chain reaction (rtPCR) has been developed and validated in avian specimens but has not yet been validated for use in humans.1