Is Meningococcal infection Contagious?
Transmission of Meningococcal infection from Person to Person
Meningococcal infection has subtypes that are considered contagious and also has subtypes that are not contagious.
Generally the disease can be transmitted by saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route, surfaces, blood, needles,
blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc., but not ALL subtypes.
Meningococcal infection, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
Transmission of Meningococcal infection
Transmission of Meningococcal infection to a person can be by way of:
About contagion and contagiousness:
Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily
the spread of Meningococcal infection 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.