Is River Blindness Contagious?
Transmission of River Blindness from Person to Person
River Blindness 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.
River Blindness, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
Transmission of River Blindness from Animals
The transmission of River Blindness can be by way of:
About contagion and contagiousness:
Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily
the spread of River Blindness 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.