Contagious: Leprosy


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About contagion: Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Leprosy 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.

Contagiousness properties of Leprosy:
  Contagious overall?: Yes
  Contagious by droplet?: Yes

Contagion summary: Although the mode of transmission of Hansen's disease remains uncertain, most investigators think that M. leprae is usually spread from person to person in respiratory droplets. 1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Hansen's Disease (Leprosy): DBMD

Last revision: May 30, 2003

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