Is Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease Contagious?
Transmission of Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease from Person to Person
Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease 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.
Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
The contagious disease, Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease, can be transmitted:
- from person to person by saliva, air, coughing, contact, surfaces, fecal-oral route, etc.
HFMD is moderately contagious. Infection is spread from person to
person by direct contact with nose and throat discharges or the stool of
infected persons. A person is most contagious during the first week of the
illness. HFMD is not transmitted to or from pets or other animals.
(Source: excerpt from Facts About Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease: CDC-OC)
About contagion and contagiousness:
Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily
the spread of Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease 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.