Psittacosis (ornithosis)

Find out how we define and monitor cases of psittacosis (also called ornithosis), and where you can learn more about this disease.

About psittacosis

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. 

Disease type:
Vaccination available under NIP:
Notifiable disease:

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.  

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