Is Burkholderia pseudomallei Contagious?
Transmission of Burkholderia pseudomallei from Person to Person
Burkholderia pseudomallei 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.
Burkholderia pseudomallei, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
Transmission of Burkholderia pseudomallei
Transmission of Burkholderia pseudomallei to a person can be by way of:
- contaminated soil.
- water borne pathogens.
- protozoan infections.
About contagion and contagiousness:
Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily
the spread of Burkholderia pseudomallei 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.