Volume 18
Number 4
Oct 2014
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Case Reports
B. Speelberg, E.R. Heddema, N. Janssen, B.M.J. Scholtes, E.C.J. van Vliet, C.M. Verduin

Psittacosis is a zoonotic infectious disease causing community- acquired pneumonia. Septic shock and respiratory failure can develop. The symptoms, diagnosis, transmission and treatment of psittacosis are discussed. In the described cases, especially polymerase chain reaction has shown to be a promising tool in diagnosing the disease. Physicians awareness might be accelerated to ensure rapid treatment of the disease before it progresses to septic shock and respiratory failure.

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