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Bird diseases

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Psittacosis parrot fever - Farmer Health | Farmer Health

Psittacosis, a lung infection which is also called parrot fever. The bacteria which causes the disease in humans is carried by birds, which often show no sign of disease. People who have close contact with birds, such as parrot breeders,...

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Avian Influenza or Bird Flu

This page contains information about Avian Influenza, also known as bird flu.

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Bird flu (avian influenza) -

Avian influenza, or bird flu, is an infectious disease caused by a type of influenza virus. Find out about outbreaks, symptoms, treatment and prevention.

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Bird Flu (Avian Influenza) | myVMC

Bird flu or avian flu is an infectious disease of birds caused by type A strains of the influenza virus

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Avian influenza in humans ("bird flu") - Diseases

Avian influenza is primarily a disease of birds. Overseas, humans have rarely been infected after close contact with infected birds. To prevent infection, avoid contact with birds and their droppings in affected countries.

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Virus surveillance: National overview

This page contains an overview of arbovirus and malaria surveillance in Australia.

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Kunjin/West Nile virus infection - including symptoms, treatment and prevention

Kunjin/West Nile virus infection is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito and is always present in tropical parts of Australia

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Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

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Psittacosis is a disease caused by the bacterium Chlamydia psittaci, 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.

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Salmonella infection - including symptoms, treatment and prevention :: SA Health

An infection of the bowel caused by Salmonella bacteria which occurs in many domestic and wild animals and birds and can infect humans

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