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is a zoonotic pathogen with a wide range of avian hosts and may be transmitted to humans and cause severe disease. To assess the risk of psittacosis posed by pet birds, the seroprevalence of antibodies in 360 Eurasian siskins (), 289 oriental skylarks () and 36 black-tailed grosbeaks () in Gansu province, north-western China was detected by an indirect haemagglutination assay. Twenty-seven out of 289 (9.34 %) , 45 out of 360 (12.50 %) and 2 out of 36 (5.56 %) were positive for infection at a cut-off dilution of 1 : 16. The prevalence of was higher in (12.5 %) than in (9.34 %) and (5.56 %); however, the differences were not statistically significant (>0.05). Statistical analysis indicated that seroprevalence in adult pet birds (12.4 %, 67/540) was significantly higher than that in juvenile pet birds (4.83 %, 7/145) (<0.01). There was no statistical difference in seroprevalence between male (12.4 %) and female (8.27 %) birds. To our knowledge, this is the first report indicating the seroprevalence of exposure in pet birds in China. Our results indicate that close contact with pet birds poses the risk of zoonotic transmission of .

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