Infectious Diseases 2018

Infectious Diseases 2018

USA: Multistate Psittacosis outbreak among poultry plant workers, 2018

21 September, 2018

During August–September 2018, psittacosis cases were reported among workers at two poultry slaughter plants in Virginia and Georgia. A single corporation owns both plants. Chlamydia psittaci, was detected by a laboratory test in 10 people. Additional illnesses in workers at the two plants have been identified, although have not been confirmed by the laboratory. No deaths have been reported. Virginia and Georgia departments of health are conducting an investigation, and the number of cases is likely to change. Current evidence indicates that all of the people who have psittacosis work at poultry slaughter plants in two states: Virginia and Georgia. Investigators are still working to understand why the outbreak occurred.
The affected plants in Virginia and Georgia voluntarily suspended operations for cleaning. On September 8, 2018, the affected plant in Virginia suspended operations. The plant reopened on September 18, 2018. On September 15, 2018, the affected plant in Georgia suspended operations. The plant reopened on September 19, 2018. Plant management held town hall meetings in both plants to inform their workers about the outbreak.