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Document ID (ISN)66837
CIS number 96-1092
ISSN - Serial title 1250-3274 - Archives des maladies professionnelles et de médecine du travail
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Pellé-Duporté D., Kouyoumdjian S., Tuchais E., Carbonnelle B., Simon B.
Title An outbreak of ornithosis in a poultry slaughterhouse
Original title Une épidémie d'ornithose dans un abattoir de volailles [in French]
Bibliographic information Feb. 1996, Vol.57, No.1, p.51-54. 14 ref.
Abstract Ornithosis is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Chlamydia psittaci. Poultry and other birds are the main carriers of the bacteria, transmitted to the human through the respiratory tract. An outbreak of this disease in a French poultry slaughterhouse in April 1990 is reported. Out of 56 workers, 18 developed symptoms compelling them to stop work (4 were sent to hospital). Symptoms combined acute and feverish pneumopathies with a general deterioration of the state of health. In other cases, the clinical picture was less complete. Diagnosis was founded on serology, no germ was isolated by usual bacteriological techniques. The evolution of the disease, after antibiotic treatment, was good in all the cases. Workers were compensated by the French "Régime général de la Sécurité sociale" (occupational disease No.87).
Descriptors (primary) zoonoses; infectious diseases; meat industry; slaughtering; psittacosis
Descriptors (secondary) compensation of occupational diseases; case study; France; serological reactions; diagnosis; medical treatment; symptoms
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Zoonoses
Food industry
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)