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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Sandra F - West Sacramento, CA  ·  Mar 16, 2018
I think all employees in the hospital should take this course.
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Catherine P - Tucson, AZ  ·  Mar 16, 2018
This course provides helpful information in knowing what to look for in patient history and clinical symptoms when suspecting psittacosis.
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Ninette P - Tempe, AZ  ·  Feb 23, 2018
it was interesting but not really relevant to our patient demographic
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Sylvester G - Phoenix, AZ  ·  Feb 19, 2018
very informative information that was otherwise unknown.
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Josephine P - san bernardino, CA  ·  Feb 18, 2018
i learned about handling of birds and what kind of disease it carries.
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