Rise in Parrot Fever cases
Heath officials in Southern Sweden are warning the public to stay away from bird droppings and to disinfect bird feeding tables due an unusually high number of Parrot Fever cases.
So far 20 cases of the disease have been reported, more than double the normal number, according to the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control.
The symptoms can range from mild flu-like conditions to severe pneumonia. It is treatable with anitbiotics.
Parrot Fever, also known as Parrot Disease is caused by contact with Chlamydydophila Psittaci bacteria found in excrement form parrots, pigeons, sparrows, seagulls and other birds.