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  • UK: Outbreak of potentially fatal 'parrot fever' cases - human-to-human spread suspected

    Source: http://news.stv.tv/scotland/tayside/...r-at-hospital/

    Suspected outbreak of potentially fatal 'parrot fever' cases
    A number of patients thought to have contracted the bug from inhaling dust from dry bird droppings.
    13 March 2012 16:04 GMT

    A health board has launched an investigation into a suspected outbreak of a potentially deadly bug known as "parrot fever".

    It is understood that a number of patients may have contracted the bug, which in severe cases can affect the heart and the brain, by inhaling dust from dry bird droppings or handling affected birds.

    NHS Tayside confirmed on Tuesday that it had been forced to take action after laboratory tests identified some patients treated for pneumonia could have been suffering from the condition...
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