Is Parotitis Contagious?
Infection and Parotitis
Some types of parotitis are contagious from person to person through casual contact.
Transmission of Parotitis from Person to Person
Parotitis 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.
About contagion and contagiousness:
Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily
the spread of Parotitis 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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