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Abstract

Two fatal cases of psittacosis are described in two poultry-processing-plant employees presenting with pneumonia and respiratory failure. Diagnosis was confirmed by serological and PCR methods. Psittacosis due to infection usually has a good recovery rate, although diagnostic delay and mistreatment can lead to severe complications and even death. This report emphasizes the need for rapid differential diagnosis and management of suspected cases of atypical pneumonia to prevent fatal outcomes.

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