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Diseases » Psittacosis » Contagiousness

Is Psittacosis Contagious?

Transmission of Psittacosis from Person to Person

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

Transmission of Psittacosis from Animals

The transmission of Psittacosis can be by way of:

  • birds.

Contagion summary:

Spread by airborne droplets and from birds.

Contagiousness properties for Psittacosis:

  Contagious overall?: Yes

  Contagious by droplet?: Yes

  Contagious airborne?: Yes

  Contagious from animals?: Yes, birds.

  Contagious from birds?: Yes

About contagion and contagiousness:

Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Psittacosis 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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