PSITTACOSIS is a common and potentially fatal bacterial disease of psittaciforms, which should be considered in any sick parrot presented at the clinic. It is also an important zoonosis and therefore has health and welfare implications for both owners and practice staff. There are a number of diagnostic options and treatments that may be considered if, indeed, treatment is attempted at all. This article reviews these, and outlines the precautions that should be taken when dealing with suspected cases.
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