Medicine: Parrots in Pittsburgh

On the brilliant plumage of Pittsburgh's parrots, parrakeets, cockatoos and macaws last week fell the shadow of Death. Ordinarily Pittsburghers are as fond of such birds as anyone else, and the U. S. Public Health Service assured them that wholesale destruction was unnecessary. But weeks of rumor had shaken the city's nerves. By last week when three deaths had been officially attributed to psittacosis (parrot fever) and the suspicion of it laid on eight other deaths and some 50 illnesses, Pittsburgh was badly scared. By mid-week 180 birds had croaked their last. The...

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