As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday 6 August 2013

Swedish man dies of rare parrot fever, eight others infected

A man in the southern region of Sweden has died of parrot fever, a rare disease. Several people who spent time with the man during his illness are now also reported to have been infected.

A Swedish man recently died in the southern region of the country of a rare disease known as Psittacosis, or parrot fever.

Normally, it is passed from birds to other birds, but humans handling various types of birds or their droppings are sometimes infected.

While the bird-to-human form is rare, even rarer is human-to-human transmission.

Since the 75-year-old man's passing in March 2013, at least eight other people have become infected. All of the individuals, including his caretakers, had reportedly spent time with the man, according to The Local.

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