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ICD-10 code: A70

Chapter: Certain infectious and parasitic diseases

Understanding Chlamydia Psittaci Infections

Chlamydia psittaci is a type of bacteria that can cause an infection in birds called psittacosis or parrot fever. However, this bacteria can also infect humans and cause respiratory illness known as chlamydia psittaci infections.

Chlamydia psittaci infections are not very common, but they can occur when a person comes into contact with infected birds or their droppings. People who work in jobs that involve handling birds, such as poultry farmers, pet store workers, and bird owners, are at an increased risk of contracting this infection.

  1. Symptoms
  2. The symptoms of chlamydia psittaci infections can range from mild to severe and may include:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Headache
    • Muscle aches
    • Loss of appetite
    • Nausea and vomiting
  3. Diagnosis
  4. Diagnosing chlamydia psittaci infections can be difficult because the symptoms are similar to other respiratory illnesses. A doctor may order blood tests, chest X-rays, or sputum cultures to confirm the diagnosis.

  5. Treatment
  6. Chlamydia psittaci infections can be treated with antibiotics, such as doxycycline or azithromycin. Most people recover fully with treatment, but some may experience complications, such as pneumonia.

  7. Prevention
  8. Preventing chlamydia psittaci infections involves taking precautions when handling birds or their droppings. This includes wearing gloves, masks, and protective clothing when handling birds or cleaning bird cages. It's also important to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling birds or their cages.

If you suspect that you may have chlamydia psittaci infection, seek medical attention right away. With prompt diagnosis and treatment, most people recover fully from this infection.

Diagnosis Codes for Chlamydia psittaci infections | A70