Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

The Outbreak of Avian Chlamydiosis in Pet Shop in the City of Prague

Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

The Outbreak of Avian Chlamydiosis in Pet Shop in the City of Prague

Article excerpt

There is a lack of data on incidence of human chlamydiosis (psittacosis) in the Czech Republic as well as in the rest of world. For example, only 91 human cases of psittacosis in the USA (CDC, 2009) and 8 cases in the Czech Republic (EPIDAT, 2009) were reported to their national surveillance authorities in the period 2002-2007. Low medical attention to the role of Chlamydophilapsittaci in various health problems could explain non-representative numbers of confirmed psittacosis mentioned. On the other hand the results of veterinary investigation confirm frequent incidence of this pathogen in animals as a main source of infections for humans.

We have confirmed the outbreak of avian chlamydiosis in Prague which included totally 24 birds of various species of Psittaciformes (amazon, parrots, lories, cockatoos, parakeets). We have detected DNA specific for Ch. psittaci in the samples from bird faeces from the pet shop department in Hypermarket HORNBACH in Prague.

First case, Blue Fronted Amazon Amazona Aestiva) was found with clinical symptoms, such as: lethargy, anorexia, mucopurulent ocular and nasal discharge, and diarrhoea. Other birds in this pet shop were determined as negative. Second group of samples from this breed was tested after treatment of positive Amazon by doxy cy cline. Ch. psittaci was detected in another 8 various Psittaciformes. Another 5 positive birds were determined in course of the following month. …

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