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Diseases » Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease » Contagiousness
 

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.

Contagion summary:

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.

 

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