Contagious: Pneumococcal pneumonia


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

Contagion summary: Spread by droplet, cough, sneeze, close contact.


Contagiousness properties of Pneumococcal pneumonia:
  Contagious overall?: Yes
  Contagious by droplet?: Yes
  Contagious by physical contact (non-sexual)?: Yes

Contagion summary: The noses and throats of up to 70 percent of healthy people contain pneumococcus at any given time. It is spread from person to person by coughing, sneezing, or close contact. Researchers don't know why it suddenly invades the lungs and the bloodstream to cause disease. 1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Pneumococcal Pneumonia, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

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