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Diseases » Acanthamoeba keratitis » Contagiousness

Is Acanthamoeba keratitis Contagious?

Transmission of Acanthamoeba keratitis from Person to Person

Acanthamoeba keratitis is considered infectious but is not transmitted from person to person. Generally, a disease like this is caused by an infectious agent and not spread between people.
Acanthamoeba keratitis, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.

Transmission of Acanthamoeba keratitis

Transmission of Acanthamoeba keratitis to a person can be by way of:

  • contaminated soil.
  • water borne pathogens.
  • protozoan infections.

About contagion and contagiousness:

Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Acanthamoeba keratitis is possible from one person to another. Other words for contagion include "infection", "infectiousness", "transmission" or "transmissability". Contagiousness has nothing to do with genetics or inheriting diseases from parents. For an overview of contagion, see Introduction to Contagion.


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