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Psittacosis (also known as ornithosis or parrot fever) is a systemic zoonosis caused by infection with Chamydophyla psittaci. Chlamydial infection is common among birds, affecting more than 130 domestic and wild species. C. psittaci can also be transmitted by pet birds to their owners, posing a great risk to humans. There has been a gradual increase in human cases of avian chlamydiosis. In fact, the growing trade in exotic birds has caused the frequency of avian chlamydiosis to rise rather than diminish, making it necessary to take measures to control these birds and preventing the illegal trade in them.