parrot fever

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parrot fever

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parrot fever


parrot disease

1. (Veterinary Science) another name for psittacosis
2. (Pathology) another name for psittacosis
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(ˌsɪt əˈkoʊ sɪs)

a rickettsial disease affecting birds of the parrot family, pigeons, and domestic fowl, caused by the chlamydia Chlamydia psittaci and transmissible to humans. Also called parrot fever.
[1895–1900; < Latin psittac(us) parrot (< Greek psittakós) + -osis]
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Noun1.parrot fever - an atypical pneumonia caused by a rickettsia microorganism and transmitted to humans from infected birds
atypical pneumonia, mycoplasmal pneumonia, primary atypical pneumonia - an acute respiratory disease marked by high fever and coughing; caused by mycoplasma; primarily affecting children and young adults
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References in periodicals archive ?
Psittacosis or parrot fever is a disease caused by Chlamydophila psittaci, a Gram-negative coccus and obligate intracellular bacteria [9] and has been reported to be most common in orders Psittaciformes and Columbiformes.
The disease is sometimes referred to as parrot fever. It typically affects cockatiels, parakeets, parrots and macaws.
Chlamydophila psittaci, an obligate, intracellular, gram-negative bacterium, has 7 known genotypes (A F and E/B) (1), All genotypes can be transmitted to humans and cause psittacosis or parrot fever (2).