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Is Respiratory diphtheria Contagious?

Transmission of Respiratory diphtheria from Person to Person

Respiratory diphtheria 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.
Respiratory diphtheria, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
The contagious disease, Respiratory diphtheria, can be transmitted:

  • from person to person by saliva, air, coughing, contact, surfaces, fecal-oral route, etc.

Transmission of Respiratory diphtheria

Transmission of Respiratory diphtheria to a person can be by way of:

  • contaminated air.

Contagion summary:

Direct person- to-person transmission by intimate respiratory and physical contact. Cutaneous lesions are important in transmission. (Source: excerpt from Diphtheria: DBMD)

About contagion and contagiousness:

Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Respiratory diphtheria 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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