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A series of raids have been carried out to control an outbreak of cases of psittacosis, a disease also known as “parrot fever”, which is transmitted through birds in the municipality of Veinticinco de Mayo (or 25 de Mayo) in Buenos Aires Province in Argentina, according to a report.

Thick-billed Parrot

During the raid of five different properties, Argentine Federal Police (PFA) rescued dozens of birds and the merchant of the birds was charged criminally. The birds were transferred to a shelter in Luján to be studied and find out if they are infected with “parrot fever”.

The municipality of May 25 issued an alert for all people who have been in contact with birds.

Psittacosis, aka Parrot fever is a disease caused by bacteria called Chlamydophila psittaci. It is usually transmitted by inhaling the agent from dried droppings or secretions of infected birds.

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Patients with psittacosis usually present fever, headache, rash, muscle pain, chills and dry cough. Pneumonia may sometimes occur, and occasional complications include encephalitis, myocarditis and thrombophlebitis.

The disease can be treated effectively with antibiotics.