Parrot fever kills 20 birds in Scottsdale

Parrot fever kills 20 birds in Scottsdale

By Phil Villarreal. CREATED Aug 6, 2014

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona wildlife officials say parrot fever is what killed 20 lovebirds in Scottsdale.
   
Game and Fish officials said Tuesday that a Scottsdale homeowner reported finding the dead birds in his yard.
   
The agency says test results last week determined that the lovebirds were infected with psittacosis, a disease also known as parrot fever.
   
The disease, which can spread to humans, is hard to diagnose. Symptoms include a nagging cough, achiness or eye infection.
   
A Mesa woman became infected last year after using a leaf blower to clean up after lovebirds. She was treated for a respiratory condition with antibiotics.
   
Officials advise to be cautious when feeding wild birds and using diluted bleach when cleaning up bird waste.

Phil Villarreal

Phil Villarreal

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Assignment Editor/Web Producer Phil Villarreal moved to KGUN after 17 years with the Arizona Daily Star, where he was a movie critic, columnist and reporter.