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Diseases » Trichinosis » Contagiousness
 

Is Trichinosis Contagious?

Transmission of Trichinosis from Person to Person

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

Transmission of Trichinosis

Transmission of Trichinosis to a person can be by way of:

  • contaminated soil.

Contagion summary:

Infection can only occur by eating raw or undercooked meat containing Trichinella worms. (Source: excerpt from Trichinosis: DPD)

Discussion about Contagion of Trichinosis:

When a human or animal eats meat that contains infective Trichinella cysts, the acid in the stomach dissolves the hard covering of the cyst and releases the worms. The worms pass into the small intestine and, in 1-2 days, become mature. After mating, adult females lay eggs. Eggs develop into immature worms, travel through the arteries, and are transported to muscles. Within the muscles, the worms curl into a ball and encyst (become enclosed in a capsule). Infection occurs when these encysted worms are consumed in meat. (Source: excerpt from Trichinosis: DPD)

About contagion and contagiousness:

Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Trichinosis 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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