Ornithosis

Description

Chlamysia psittavi, which is a virus-like organism in pigeons, parakeets, farm poultry or waterfowl
Location

Anywhere birds are present
Cause

Infectious respiratory disease by inhaling dried bird secretions
Symptoms

Mild pneumonia or flu-like symptoms that can rapidly become fatal
Treatment

Seek medical attention from a physician
Prevention

Wear a face mask or respirator if working in a dry dusty area where bird droppings are present
Spray work areas with water and disinfectants to minimize the potential for airborne particles.
Other Facts

Less than 1% of the cases have been reported in the United States
Although birds can carry the disease, they have adapted to it