Psittacosis is an uncommon disease that is usually transmitted to humans from birds. It is caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia psittaci. The disease can cause fever, headache, muscle aches and cough. Antibiotics can usually treat it successfully.
Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment
For information about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see the Victorian government’s psittacosis page.
Surveillance and reporting
Psittacosis is a nationally notifiable disease.
We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS).
For more on psittacosis in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence.