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Document ID (ISN)107009
CIS number 07-1212
ISSN - Serial title 1287-7778 - PrÚvention BTP
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Durcy M.
Title Ornithosis-psittacosis: Beware of infections caused by birds
Original title Ornithose-psittacose: gare aux infections dues aux oiseaux [in French]
Bibliographic information Jan. 2007, No.92, p.58-59. Illus.
Abstract Construction industry workers are at risk of exposure to ornithosis-psittacosis, an infectious disease transmitted by bird droppings. The bacterium which causes the infection is very stable and can survive several months in dried droppings without losing its potency. The most frequent signs are fever, shivering, headache, cough and flu-like symptoms. It can also cause moderate or severe bronchopneumonia. It is recognized as an occupational disease in France. Preventive measures include the usual hygiene precautions, working in a manner to avoid the formation of aerosols and use of personal protective equipment.
Descriptors (primary) France; birds; construction industry; construction sites; infection control; psittacosis
Descriptors (secondary) symptoms; aerosols; safe working methods; personal protective equipment; personal hygiene
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Zoonoses
Viral diseases (other than aids)
Construction industry and civil engineering
Animal hazards
Bacterial and parasitic diseases