Bacterial Disease Found in Flock of Birds in Pawtucket

Jun 10, 2013

The Department of Environmental Management has confirmed the presence of a bacterial disease known as psittacosis in a flock of birds owned in Pawtucket.

Psittacosis is a bacterial infection that most commonly affects psittacine birds such as parrots, parakeets, and cockatiels.

A flock of those birds in Pawtucket has been confirmed as being infected with this disease.

Though the birds are privately owned, the Rhode Island D.E.M. is concerned that other birds might have been exposed at the pet shops where they were bought in South County.

Psittacosis can affect people, though it is treatable with antibiotics.

The D.E.M. is asking that anyone who purchased psittacine birds from a South County Critter Hut since February contact their veterinarian for testing or treatment.