Is Meningococcal disease Contagious?
Transmission of Meningococcal disease from Person to Person
Meningococcal disease has subtypes that are considered contagious and also has subtypes that are not contagious.
Generally the disease can be transmitted by saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route, surfaces, blood, needles,
blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc., but not ALL subtypes.
Meningococcal disease, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
Transmission of Meningococcal disease
Transmission of Meningococcal disease to a person can be by way of:
Contagiousness properties for Meningococcal disease:
Contagious by droplet?:
Contagious from kissing?:
Contagious from saliva?:
Generally occurs through direct
contact with respiratory secretions from a nasopharyngeal
carrier. (Source: excerpt from Meningococcal Disease: DBMD)
About contagion and contagiousness:
Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily
the spread of Meningococcal disease 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.