Medicine: Parrot Fever

From Pandora's box of diseases, one, psittacosis, a stranger in the U. S., escaped last week. Two people were diagnosed dead from it, a score deathly sick—at Baltimore, Annapolis, New York, Providence, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Warren (Ohio).* All victims owned parrots newly imported from South America. The birds presumably transmitted the disease, which is peculiarly a parrot fever. The birds apparently carry the germs in their mucous membranes and in insects bred in the warmth of their underwings.

The symptoms of psittacosis resemble those of influenza, pneumonia and typhoid. In parrots the typhoid...

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