A contagious disease of birds, caused by chlamydiae and transmissible (especially from parrots) to human beings as a form of pneumonia.
- One species, C. psittaci, causes psittacosis (so-called parrot fever), a respiratory infection transmitted from birds to people.
- C. psittaci causes a rare disease called psittacosis (also known as ornithosis).
- Though some birds with psittacosis don't display any signs or symptoms, others lose feathers or change their eating habits.
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