Is Amebiasis Contagious?
Transmission of Amebiasis from Person to Person
Amebiasis 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.
Amebiasis, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
The contagious disease, Amebiasis, can be transmitted:
- from person to person by saliva, air, coughing, contact, surfaces, fecal-oral route, etc.
Should I be concerned about
spreading infection to the rest of my household?
Yes. However, the risk of spreading infection is low if the infected person is treated with
antibiotics and practices good personal hygiene. This includes thorough hand washing with soap
and water after using the toilet, after changing diapers, and before handling food. (Source: excerpt from Amebiasis: DPD)
Discussion about Contagion of Amebiasis:
How can I become infected with E.
histolytica? (Source: excerpt from Amebiasis: DPD)
About contagion and contagiousness:
Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily
the spread of Amebiasis 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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