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- n. Psittacosis, especially as contracted by humans from birds.
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- n. The avian disease psittacosis when transmitted to humans
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- n. an atypical pneumonia caused by a rickettsia microorganism and transmitted to humans from infected birds
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I'll have to brush up on pullorum, ornithosis, coccidosis, leukosis, perosis, and Ochsner knows how many other-osises and -- itises.
The Disease is called psittacosis - also known as parrot disease, parrot fever, and ornithosis - is a zoonotic infectious disease caused by a bacterium called Chlamydophila psittaci (formerly Chlamydia psittaci) and contracted not only from parrots, such as macaws, cockatiels and budgerigars, but also from pigeons, sparrows, ducks, hens, gulls and many other species of bird.
Psittacosis also known as parrot disease, parrot fever, and ornithosis - is an infection that is spread by birds (parrots, sparrows, pigeons, etc.).