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Title: Psittacosis.
Austin Authors: Stewardson, Andrew J;Grayson, M Lindsay 
Affiliation: Infectious Diseases
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2010
Publication information: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America; 24(1): 7-25
Abstract: Psittacosis is a systemic zoonotic infection with protean clinical features. The major risk factor is exposure to birds; bird owners, veterinarians, those involved with breeding and selling birds, and commercial poultry processors are most at risk. Patients typically present with 1 week of fevers, headache, myalgias, and a nonproductive cough. Although pneumonia is the most common manifestation, all organ systems can be involved. Serology remains the mainstay of diagnosis; however, polymerase chain reaction techniques offer a rapid and specific alternative. Doxycycline is the treatment of choice.
DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2009.10.003
Journal: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Animals
Anti-Bacterial Agents.therapeutic use
Doxycycline.therapeutic use
Middle Aged
Occupational Exposure
Polymerase Chain Reaction.methods
Serologic Tests
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