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Is Reiterís syndrome Contagious?

Contagion summary:

Not contagious, despite often being caused by a contagious infection.

Contagion summary:

Reiterís syndrome is not contagious; that is, a person with the disorder cannot pass it to somebody else. However, the bacteria that can trigger it can be passed from one person to another, although not all people infected with the bacteria will develop Reiterís syndrome. Rather, it is likely that people who develop the disease have inherited a trait that makes them susceptible. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Reiter's Syndrome: NIAMS)

About contagion and contagiousness:

Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Reiterís syndrome 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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