Is Pinworm Contagious?
Transmission of Pinworm from Person to Person
Pinworm 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.
Pinworm, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
The contagious disease, Pinworm, can be transmitted:
- by sexual conduct between people.
- from person to person by saliva, air, coughing, contact, surfaces, fecal-oral route, etc.
Pinworm eggs are spread typically from the anus to fingers to another person's mouth.
Contagiousness properties for Pinworm:
Contagious from feces?:
Contagious from by fecal-oral route?:
Pinworm eggs are
infective within a few hours after being deposited on the skin. They can
survive up to 2 weeks on clothing, bedding, or other objects. You or your
children can become infected after accidentally ingesting (swallowing)
infective pinworm eggs from contaminated surfaces or fingers. (Source: excerpt from Pinworm Infection: DPD)
About contagion and contagiousness:
Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily
the spread of Pinworm 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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