Is Myoclonus-ataxia Contagious?
Infection and Myoclonus-ataxia
Ramsay Hunt syndrome is caused by reactivation of an infectious virus that is contagious from person to person through direct contact with a skin lesion or inhalation of aerosolized virus.
Transmission of Myoclonus-ataxia from Person to Person
Myoclonus-ataxia is considered infectious but is not transmitted from person to person.
Generally, a disease like this is caused by an infectious agent (e.g. virus, bacteria, fungus, protozoa, worm) and not spread between people.
Myoclonus-ataxia, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
About contagion and contagiousness:
Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily
the spread of Myoclonus-ataxia 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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