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Are the diarrhea coming from infections contagious?

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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Infectious diarrhea

Infectious diarrhea can be due to various species of viruses, bacteria or parasites.
They can be contagious, some more so than others. If someone has diarrhea due to a viral infection, you could catch it by the infected person sneezing on you (via nasal secretions, resporatory droplets, etc). Proper hand washing is critical.

In brief: Infectious diarrhea

Infectious diarrhea can be due to various species of viruses, bacteria or parasites.
They can be contagious, some more so than others. If someone has diarrhea due to a viral infection, you could catch it by the infected person sneezing on you (via nasal secretions, resporatory droplets, etc). Proper hand washing is critical.
Dr. Michio Abe
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David Escobar
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

There are a number of bacteria and viruses that are shed with stool and/or diarrhea.
Good handwashing after bowel movements and appropriate personal hygiene can prevent contagious fecal matter from being spread.

In brief: Yes

There are a number of bacteria and viruses that are shed with stool and/or diarrhea.
Good handwashing after bowel movements and appropriate personal hygiene can prevent contagious fecal matter from being spread.
David Escobar
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