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Is Visceral leishmaniasis Contagious?

Infection and Visceral leishmaniasis

Visceral leishmaniasis is infectious but is not transmitted from person to person. It is a vector-borne disease transmitted by the bite an infected sandfly.

Transmission of Visceral leishmaniasis from Person to Person

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

  • from person to person by blood.
  • from the mother to her fetus.

Transmission of Visceral leishmaniasis from Animals

The transmission of Visceral leishmaniasis can be by way of:

  • flies.
  • insects.

About contagion and contagiousness:

Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Visceral leishmaniasis 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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