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Can anemia spread from person to person?

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Dr. Murthy Andavolu
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: No

No, anemia is lack of sufficient blood/hemoglobin in the system. It does not spread from person to person but some forms of anemia (ex.
Thalassemia) can be genetic, i.e. Transmitted from parents to children.

In brief: No

No, anemia is lack of sufficient blood/hemoglobin in the system. It does not spread from person to person but some forms of anemia (ex.
Thalassemia) can be genetic, i.e. Transmitted from parents to children.
Dr. Murthy Andavolu
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Dr. Patrick Weix
Of course, if the whole family eats a diet poor in iron, many family members might be affected.
Dr. Julio Guerra
There are many forms of anemia, from mild to severe, from aquired to genetic and some requiring simple changes in diet to others requring bone marrow transplants. Irregardless of the type, anemia in general represents a condition of dysfunctional red blood cell either becuse of its shape or size or total number circulating RBC's, ultimately affecting oxygen delivery to the body's tissues/organs.
Dr. Agos Luca
Pathology

In brief: No

Anemia itself is not contagious so it does not spread from person to person; however, other conditions that cause anemia like infections can do that.
In other words, if a person has an infection they may also become anemic. If the infection is transmitted to somebody else and that person also develops anemia, it may look like the second person "got" anemia from the first.

In brief: No

Anemia itself is not contagious so it does not spread from person to person; however, other conditions that cause anemia like infections can do that.
In other words, if a person has an infection they may also become anemic. If the infection is transmitted to somebody else and that person also develops anemia, it may look like the second person "got" anemia from the first.
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