Chlamydophila spec., Chlamydophila psittaci
Blood (in EDTA or just a drop on a sterile swab), chloacal swab or feces
Duration of the investigation:
One to two days after receiving the sample
Psittacosis, also called ornithosis or avian chlamydiosis, is caused by the bacterium Chlamydophila psittaci belonging to the family of chlamydiaceae.
Lethargy, hyperthermia, abnormal excretion, occasional conjunctivitis and/or sinusitis and reduced egg laying are characteristic of the partly lethal disease. Sometimes greenish diarrhea and severe breathing difficulties are to be seen.
A confirmed diagnosis is possible by detecting the bacterial DNA from blood samples, cloacal swabs or feces. All birds newly integrated into the livestock should be tested for already existing infections.