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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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Ebola Virus (Definition)

Ebola virus is the cause of Ebola which is a hemorrhagic fever that affects ...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 encephalitis contagious?

Is encephalitis contagious?

Depends: Infectious encephalitis caused by borelia, viruses (yellow fever, hemorrhagic fever viruses), rickettsiae are contagious, but often require the presence of a vector, usually a mosquito or a tick that will transfer the pathogen from the infected person to the healthy one. ...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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What is Ebola virus disease?

What is Ebola virus disease?

Ebola virus: A recently discovered viral illness from West Africa. Early symptoms 2-21 days after infection-sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headaches and sore throat. Some patientsdevelop rash, red eyes, hiccups, chest pains and difficulty breathing and swallowing. It may progress to vomiting, diarrhea, impaired kidney and liver function and sometimes internal and external hemorrhaging & death. ...Read more

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Is elephantiasis contagious?

Is elephantiasis contagious?

No: It is not - looks scary but is not contagious - caused by musquito bite which injects parasitic worms - filaria such as wucheria bacrofti, brugia malayi, b. Timori - causing inflammation of lymphatic vessel, skin thickening, due to lymph flow obstruction. ...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 rabies communicable?

Is rabies communicable?

Organ donation: We have just learned of the second us case of a deceased organ donor transmitting (unintentionally!) rabies to the transplant recipients with the organs. In 2004, 3 recipients all died. In this new case, 1 kidney recipient has died and the other 3 recipients are ok so far - now receiving treatment. Families + healthcare workers will also receive treatment. Very dangerous disease if untreated. ...Read more

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Is brucellosis highly contagious?

Is brucellosis highly contagious?

No: It's not passed person-to-person. If you've got it, look for the source of the outbreak -- anyplace from a farm to a zoo to a microbiology lab. ...Read more

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How is the ebola virus transmitted?

How is the  ebola virus transmitted?

Human body fluids: By contact with the body fluids of infected people. Some animals presumably serve as reservoirs of infection between human outbreaks, but the details haven't been worked out. ...Read more

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Is tuberculosis contagious?

Is tuberculosis contagious?

Yes: Pulmonary TB is contagious especially if it is cavitary. ...Read more

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Is herpes meningitis contagious?

Is herpes meningitis contagious?

Yes: Patients with herpes meningitis should be under contact precautions, as it can be spread like the flu. ...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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Is cfs contagious?

Is cfs contagious?

No: Chronic fatigue syndrome (cfs) is not contagious. Cfs is thought to be caused by abnormalities in brain chemistry and therefore you can't "catch" it from someone. However, some diseases that cause fatigue are contagious; eg, viral infections like mononucleosis. ...Read more

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Is herpes encephalitis contagious?

Typically not: Herpes encephalitis is a rare condition- I do not know it to be contagious- it is very serious and needs to be treated aggressively. ...Read more

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Is conjunctivitis contagious?

Is conjunctivitis contagious?

Can be: Depends on the type. Pink eye (viral) is highly contagious and necessitates good hygiene during treatment. ...Read more

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Is conjunctivitis contagious?

Is conjunctivitis contagious?

Depends: The famous "pink eye". Conjunctivitis can be due to allergies, virus, bacteria, chemical , foreign objects , lashes, dust , splinters, trauma to the eye etc. Of course, it is contagious if cause is virus or bacteria. Need immediate treatment and good handwashing. ...Read more

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Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Zoster no, c'pox yes: People with their first infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV) (mostly kids w/ chickenpox) are infectious by respiratory secretions -- e.g. coughing on someone who previously never had chickenpox and were not vaccinated against VZV. However, herpes zoster (shingles) dosn't have virus in the respiratory tract -- rarely transmissible except by direct contact with the skin rash. ...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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Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more