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How contagious is anthrax?

How contagious is anthrax?

Not easily passed: Anthrax is passed thru:contact of the spores on the skin producing a skin ulcer, inhalation of spores into the lung producing inhalation anthrax; ingestion of spore containing food producing throat/gi anthrax. It is not spread from on person to another.Anthrax is notorius as a bioterrorism agent (2001), anthrax is not going to go around like a flu. ...Read more

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How is anthrax spread? Is it contagious?

How is anthrax spread? Is it contagious?

Contact with spores: Anthrax is not spread person to person! as we saw in 2001, spores that were sent thru the mail as a terrorist act can be inhaled & cause pulmonary anthrax. Short of this exposure, spores can be ingested on contaminated (uncooked) food and cause infection from the base of the tongue thru the GI tract. It can also cause a painless sore on the skin. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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Is smallpox contagious?

Is smallpox contagious?

Yes: Viral particles from mouth sores or skin blisters are the infective material. It is passed only person to person, no animals or insect carriers. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia contagious?

Pneumonia: There are so many types of pneumonia and ways that people get pneumonia that a one size fits all answer here is impossible. Yes, it can be contagious in certain circumstances and in certain individuals. But, in most cases it is not passed on easily in normal social settings. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia contagious?

Is pneumonia contagious?

Most forms - yes.: There are some bacteria and viruses that specialize in causing pneumonia. These are definitely contagious. For older folks or folks that have immune problems/chronic diseases, these patients can get protection with a 'pneumonia shot'. Then there are 'flu' shots that I'm sure you've heard of. Some types of pneumonia don't spread like 'choking on your vomit' - we call that aspiration pneumonia. ...Read more

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Is leprosy contagious?

Is leprosy contagious?

Ever so slightly: A normal immune system wards off the infection (which is completely curable by the way) the germ is transmitted by a person in advanced stage of disease who sneezes or coughs. It takes many exposures probably. The incubation period is about 5 years and several more years until disease sets in. It causes numbness so unfeeling injuries occur and limbs or facial parts are scarred. ...Read more

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Is nocardia contagious?

Is nocardia contagious?

Not very: It's either an opportunist in immunocompromised people (if deep) or a cause of difficult ulcers, often on the feet (on the surface). It doesn't present a hazard to those around the patient. Surface ulcers should be kept clean and hygienic. ...Read more

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Is tracheitis contagious?

Is tracheitis contagious?

Not likely: Tracheitis is inflammation of the trachea from any of a number of reasons. Even if it is infectious, it is unlikely to result it spreading to another person. ...Read more

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Is leishmaniasis contagious?

Is leishmaniasis contagious?

Leishmaniasis: Leishmaniasis is considered to be contagious between people. Generally the infectious agent may be transmitted by saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route, surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc. Leishmaniasis, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene. ...Read more

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Is brucellosis highly contagious?

Is brucellosis highly contagious?

Yes: In the laboratory special precautions are taken when handling brucella bacteria. ...Read more

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Is sepsis contagious?

Is sepsis contagious?

Not exactly: Sepsis is not a disease in and of itself - it is a syndrome (a constellation of symptoms) that result from the bodies attempt to fight off a severe infection +/- any direct toxins from the bacterium itself. The causes of sepsis can be contagious or not (for example, a urinary tract infection is not directly contagious, but pneumonia often is). ...Read more

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How contagious is measles?

How contagious is measles?

Extremely: Measles is transmitted via the respiratory route and an infected person can infect others up to 7 days prior to showing symptoms and up to 3-4 days after the onset of symptoms. It is important to protect yourself against this infection with the the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccination. ...Read more

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Is meningitis contagious?

Is meningitis contagious?

Yes: Although some types are more contagious than others, the three most common types of bacterial meningitis all have vaccines available to reduce the risk. There are no vaccines for viral meningitis, but fortunately viral meningitis is typically less serious than bacterial. ...Read more

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Is tuberculous meningitis contagious?

Is tuberculous meningitis contagious?

No: Tuberculosis in any other organ but the lung is not easily transmissible and not considered contagious. On the other hand, tuberculosis in the lungs is very contagious. ...Read more

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Is mesothelioma contagious?

Is mesothelioma contagious?

No: Mesothelioma is not contagious. You can't catch it from someone. The main risk for mesothelioma is being exposed to asbestos. ...Read more

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Is MRSA pneumonia contagious?

Yes: Although not that simple. When someone has MRSA pneumonia, the droplets that come out when they cough can contain MRSA. MRSA is not airborne except in droplets and it doesn't survive long outside. It is acquired by touching a person or object that has live MRSA bacteria on it. Hand washing is best for prevention. the patient with MRSA pneumonia should be isolated and wear a mask. ...Read more

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Is mycobacterium avium contagious?

Is mycobacterium avium contagious?

M. Avium: non- tuberculous mycobacterium such as avium and many other mycobacterial species are not transmitted from person to person ...Read more

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Is tetanus contagious?

Is tetanus contagious?

No: You will not get tetanus from exposure to a person with the disease. The infected person cannot spread it by coughing, mucous secretions or other debris like a flu or cold. You get tetanus from spores(eggs) of a bacteria that germinate in a wound and create the tetanus toxin. ...Read more

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