Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

Local cluster of psittacosis after bird show in the Netherlands

the Netherlands 14 December, 2007

On 14 November 2007, a general practitioner in the Nijmegen region of the Netherlands. The bird show, organised by the local bird society, took place between 31 October and 4 November. The birds arrived on 31 October at the show’s premises and were inspected for the contest on 1 November. In the following days, the show was open to the public. According to the organisation committee, about 200 people, mainly members of bird societies in the region of Nijmegen and their families, visited the show. On 15 November, it became clear that at least 18 people, all connected to the local bird association, had become ill with the symptoms mentioned above after visiting the show. Seven of them were hospitalised. On 16 November, one of two sputum samples and one of six throat swabs that had been taken from six of the hospitalised patients tested positive for Chlamydophila psittaci in real-time PCR. See: A Human Chlamydophila psittaci case after culling of H5N1-positive ducks.