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Is Latent tuberculosis Contagious?

Infection and Latent tuberculosis

Latent tuberculosis is not contagious from person to person. While latent tuberculosis is not an active infection, the bacteria may start to multiply and spread.

Transmission of Latent tuberculosis from Person to Person

Latent tuberculosis 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.
Latent tuberculosis, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.

About contagion and contagiousness:

Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Latent tuberculosis 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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