​Psittacosis is a disease caused by the bacterium Chlamydia psittaci which is carried by birds. Humans most commonly catch the disease from infected birds by inhaling the bacteria from secretions and droppings. Older people generally experience more severe illness. This disease can be treated with antibiotics.

Further information

For further information please see the fact sheet or contact your local public health unit on 1300 066 055.

Page Updated: Tuesday 14 March 2017