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Two dozen parrots found dead in Scottsdale

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona wildlife officials say parrot fever is what killed 20 lovebirds in Scottsdale.

Game and Fish officials said Tuesday that a Scottsdale homeowner reported finding the dead birds in his yard.

The agency says test results last week determined that the lovebirds were infected with psittacosis, a disease also known as parrot fever.

The disease, which can spread to humans, is hard to diagnose. Symptoms include a nagging cough, achiness or eye infection.

A Mesa woman became infected last year after using a leaf blower to clean up after lovebirds. She was treated for a respiratory condition with antibiotics.

Officials advise to be cautious when feeding wild birds and using diluted bleach when cleaning up bird waste.

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