Is Pneumococcal pneumonia Contagious?
Transmission of Pneumococcal pneumonia from Person to Person
Pneumococcal pneumonia 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.
Pneumococcal pneumonia, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
The contagious disease, Pneumococcal pneumonia, can be transmitted:
- from person to person by saliva, air, coughing, contact, surfaces, fecal-oral route, etc.
Spread by droplet, cough, sneeze, close contact.
Contagiousness properties for Pneumococcal pneumonia:
Contagious by droplet?:
Contagious by physical contact (non-sexual)?:
The noses and throats of up to 70
percent of healthy people contain pneumococcus at any given time. It is
spread from person to person by coughing, sneezing, or close contact.
Researchers don't know why it suddenly invades the lungs and the
bloodstream to cause disease.
(Source: excerpt from Pneumococcal Pneumonia, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)
About contagion and contagiousness:
Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily
the spread of Pneumococcal pneumonia 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.