Is Mycoplasma pneumoniae Contagious?
Transmission of Mycoplasma pneumoniae from Person to Person
Mycoplasma pneumoniae 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.
Mycoplasma pneumoniae, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
The contagious disease, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, can be transmitted:
- from person to person by saliva, air, coughing, contact, surfaces, fecal-oral route, etc.
Transmission of Mycoplasma pneumoniae
Transmission of Mycoplasma pneumoniae to a person can be by way of:
Person-to-person transmission by
contact with respiratory secretions. (Source: excerpt from Mycoplasma pneumoniae: DBMD)
About contagion and contagiousness:
Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily
the spread of Mycoplasma pneumoniae 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.