Authorities at Fort Carson potentially exposed the community to "parrot fever" when they failed to replace the carpeting in a privatized base home after a spouse contracted the highly contagious illness, a military medical report said. The 24-year-old wife of a junior-enlisted soldier at the Colorado Army base likely contracted the illness from a cockatiel she'd raised from a chick, last month's Medical Surveillance Monthly Report said. The report blamed Balfour Beatty Communities, a private company that came under congressional scrutiny along with other base housing providers earlier this year after reports of squalid homes and numerous service member complaints surfaced throughout the military. However, a company spokeswoman said it was never informed of any public health concerns by the Fort Carson health department, the garrison, the resident or anyone else. Read more on Military.com.
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