- C.psittaci may appear as Gram-negative, spherical (0.4-0.6 microns in diameter, Fig 1), intracellular bacteria.
- Previously called, Chlamydia psittaci, now termed Chlamydophila psittaci.
- Agent of endemic avian chlamydiosis and epizootic outbreaks in mammals.
- Typical epidemiology: birds excrete infectious organisms in discharge from eyes, beaks, and excrement.
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