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Is Gastrointestinal Anthrax Contagious?

Transmission of Gastrointestinal Anthrax from Person to Person

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

Contagion summary:

Not contagious.

Discussion about Contagion of Gastrointestinal Anthrax:

For humans, the source of infection in naturally acquired disease is infected livestock and wild animals or contaminated animal products. Human-to-human transmission is extremely unlikely and only reported with cutaneous anthrax. (Source: excerpt from Anthrax: DBMD)

About contagion and contagiousness:

Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Gastrointestinal Anthrax 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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