Psittacosis: Rare Infection From Birds - 249-042-17

Psittacosis: Rare Infection From Birds

by Steven S. Bhimji, MD, PhD and Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP)
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This course is credentialed for:
Laboratory (1.00 Contact Hr)

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Psittacosis is a rare infection caused by Chlamydophila psittaci, also known as Chlamydia psittaci. Psittacosis is classified as an occupational disease because it is most common in zookeepers, pet shop employees, poultry farmers and ranchers. The infection is very rarely transmitted from human to human. C. psittaci is present in the nasal secretions and feces of infected birds. The organism is then acquired via inhalation of aerosolized droplets of avian excreta or respiratory secretions of sick birds that are contaminated with C. psittaci. Once a diagnosis of psittacosis is made, treatment is required.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide laboratory professionals with material about psittacosis, its epidemiology, presentation and management. By studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe Chlamydophila psittaci, its epidemiology and clinical presentation
  • List populations at risk for psittacosis and regulations for importing birds
  • Discuss the laboratory diagnosis and the medications available to treat psittacosis 
Level of Instruction: Basic

Approval Information
This course is designed for laboratory professionals.
OnCourse Learning is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) Program (provider #249).
249-042-17 "Psittacosis: Rare Infection from Birds " is approved 1/16/2017 to 1/31/2019.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 2/19/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/15/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 1/31/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Deborah P - Niceville, FL  ·  Apr 26, 2018
Excellent overview of an underdiagnosed disease. Zoonotic infections, especially when caused by common pets, is a problem that has been dismissed often due to lack of clinical diagnosis and subclinical symptoms in a majority of cases.
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Ingrid H - Morton, IL  ·  Apr 22, 2018
very informative for animal lovers
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Ireene J - Union City, CA  ·  Apr 14, 2018
good, short and easy to read, clear and easy to study
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Renee P - Albany, OR  ·  Apr 06, 2018
Short but informative
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MARICRIS C - WILLISTON, ND  ·  Apr 04, 2018
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