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All six cases of psittacosis from northern Tasmania either owned or had recent contact with cockatiels but there was no common source for all cases. Some had recently purchased these birds. The sellers of the birds were checked but no sick birds were identified. However, as there may have been asymptomatic shedding of bacteria, these birds were treated with antibiotics.
This article was published in Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 24, No 11, November 2000.