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and atypical infections are (re)-emerging in chickens. We therefore examined the prevalence of , atypical and their zoonotic transmission on 19 Belgian chicken farms. Atypical were not detected in chickens but 18 out of 19 farms were positive for by culture and PCR. genotypes A and D were discovered. None of the examined humans ( = 31) was infected with atypical , but 29 (93.5 %) of them were positive for by culture and PCR. Genotypes A, D and a mixed infection with genotypes C and D were found. Humans ( = 2) working at the -negative farm never had respiratory complaints, while 25 out of 29 positive farmers (86.2 %) reported yearly medical complaints potentially related to psittacosis. Four of them currently experienced respiratory disease and one of them was being treated with antibiotics. Four farmers (12.5 %) mentioned that they had pneumonia after starting to keep chickens. Occupational physicians should be aware of emerging infections in chickens.

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