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Psittacosis is a bacteria that often infects birds, especially pet birds like parrots, cockatiels and poultry (turkeys and ducks). Infected birds shed the bacteria in their droppings (poop) and respiratory secretions (coughs or sneezes). Humans typically become infected by breathing in small, dry particles from droppings (poop) or secretions in the air from an infected bird. Less common, humans can become infected through bites or beak-to-mouth contact.


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Carson City, Douglas and Lyon Counties
Carson City Health & Human Services (CCHHS)
(775) 887-2190

Clark County
Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD)
(702) 759-1300

Washoe County
Washoe County Health District (WCHD)
(775) 328-2447

All Other Counties
Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH)
(775) 400-0333