Is Trachoma Contagious?
Infection and Trachoma
Trachoma is contagious from person to person by saliva, nose secretions and contaminated surfaces.
Transmission of Trachoma from Person to Person
Trachoma 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.
Trachoma, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
The contagious disease, Trachoma, can be transmitted:
- from person to person by saliva, air, coughing, contact, surfaces, fecal-oral route, etc.
Transmission of Trachoma
Transmission of Trachoma to a person can be by way of:
- water borne pathogens.
- protozoan infections.
Spread by direct contact and contaminated objects or towels; possibly spread by flies.
Contagiousness properties for Trachoma:
Contagious by physical contact (non-sexual)?:
Contagious from bedding?:
Contagious from clothing?:
Contagious from towels?:
Contagious from surfaces (or objects)?:
Contagious from insect bite (or exposure)?:
Yes, possibly by flies.
Contagious from flies?:
Primary: person-to-person transmission
by ocular and respiratory secretions. Secondary: insect vectors
such as house flies. (Source: excerpt from Trachoma: DBMD)
About contagion and contagiousness:
Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily
the spread of Trachoma 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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