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Outbreak of Psittacosis in a Department Store.

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By BADGER L. F..  (Public Health Reports. , June20 , 1930.).


Ann Intern Med. 1930;4(1):99. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-4-1-99_1
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Four cases of psittacosis, all employees of a department store employing 500-600 persons, were reported by 3 physicians, 1 physician reporting 2 cases. It was learned on visiting these cases, that a number of other employees were ill at the time with apparently similar symptoms. Most of these were employed on the floor on which parrots were kept. Twenty-five employees were absent from work for periods of four weeks or longer. The onset of their illness occurred between December 14 and January 13. Histories typical of psittacosis were obtained on 17 of the 25. The following are the symptoms of

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