The Uruguayan Ministry of Public Health confirmed a case of psittacosis in a woman from Salto.
The patient remains hospitalized in the intensive treatment center (CTI) of the Regional Hospital of Salto.
Dr. Rosa Blanco said that the woman is evolving favorably, that it is an isolated case and that the disease is not transmitted from person to person.
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.
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.
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