Psittacosis

Impact story

Psittacosis, improving disease control

It looks like flu, affects pigeons and chickens in addition to parrots and is quite unknown: the parrot disease or psittacosis. People too can get flu or pneumonia if they inhale dust particles infected with the bacterium Chlamydia psittaci that causes psittacosis, for example when cleaning a cage.

Controlling the animal source

Wageningen Bioveterinary Research is working with national partners from the public and animal health domain on research to improve disease control via an online One Health platform that incorporates information about human and animal cases. This improves connecting human cases to their animal source. This way the animal source can be controlled more effectively.