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Diseases » West nile encephalitis » Contagiousness
 

Is West nile encephalitis Contagious?

Infection and West nile encephalitis

West Nile encephalitis is infectious, but it is not considered contagious from person to person.

Transmission of West nile encephalitis from Person to Person

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

Transmission of West nile encephalitis from Animals

The transmission of West nile encephalitis can be by way of:

  • blood feeding insects and can include ticks and mosquitoes.
  • insects.
  • mosquitoes.

About contagion and contagiousness:

Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of West nile encephalitis 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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