Considering that in the summer season there is an increase in the reporting of suspected cases of psittacosis – an infectious disease found in secretions of infected birds such as parrots, parrots, parrots, canaries and pigeons that transmit the infection to them. People – from the San Luis Ministry of Health, through the Epidemiology Program, have provided preventive measures for this disease.
The head of the Epidemiology Program, Rodrigo Verdugo, reported that 6 suspected cases have been uncovered so far in 2019, none of them confirmed and one was rejected. Four are from the Pannonera department and two from June.
Psittacosis is an acute and generalized infectious disease caused by bacteria, Chlamydia psittaci, found in the secretions of infected birds such as parrots, parrots, parrots, canaries and pigeons that transmit human infection.
When they are sick, these birds eliminate bacteria from the environment through secretion of the eyes, dry edema, respiratory secretions, and feather dust. When they are dried, they remain in the air and are drawn by people who become infected in that way.
The clinical picture of a psychiatric can vary from infection without obvious illness, to nonspecific febrile illness, and even to pneumonia; the second begins with a picture of general affection: hyperthermia (warm body), a persistent symptom of headache, general decay, fatigue and fatigue. Between 24 and 48 hours a cough begins with a weak excretion, mainly mucous and sweet. Jolita, yellowing of the skin, splenomegaly (enlargement of the spleen) and changes in perception may occur. Although the disease is usually mild or moderate, it can sometimes be severe, especially in the elderly and elderly who do not receive treatment.
People with psittacosis should receive antibiotics in 14 days. The contact of the patient, whether family members or associates, must be controlled to identify the occurrence of symptoms at an early stage.
In case of respiratory symptoms that have been in contact with possibly sick birds, it is necessary to go to the nearest health center or hospital in order to make appropriate consultations.
Preventive measures for keeping birds in captivity
- Clean the floor and any surface of the cage or the surrounding area daily in contact with the faecal matter of the birds. Always moisturize previously with disinfectant solutions (2 tablespoons bleaching diluted in one liter of water) to avoid the production of aerosols from dried residues.
- Avoid any kind of stress in birds, respect the vital space of every bird, properly feed them and place them in spacious places.
- Do not leave long periods in indoors where there are birds.
Note and picture: Press Ministry of Health.