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Diseases » Entamoeba histolytica » Contagiousness

Is Entamoeba histolytica Contagious?

Transmission of Entamoeba histolytica from Person to Person

Entamoeba histolytica 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.
Entamoeba histolytica, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
The contagious disease, Entamoeba histolytica, can be transmitted:

  • from person to person by saliva, air, coughing, contact, surfaces, fecal-oral route, etc.

Contagion summary:

Spread by ingesting contaminated food or water.

Contagiousness properties for Entamoeba histolytica:

  Contagious overall?: Yes

  Contagious from water?: Yes

  Contagious from food?: Yes

About contagion and contagiousness:

Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Entamoeba histolytica 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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