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contagious

 [kon-ta´jus]
capable of being transmitted from one individual to another.
contagious disease communicable disease.

con·ta·gious

(kon-tā'jŭs),
Relating to contagion; communicable or transmissible by contact with the sick or their fresh secretions or excretions.

contagious

/con·ta·gious/ (-jus) capable of being transmitted from one individual to another, as a contagious disease; communicable.

contagious

(kən-tā′jəs)
adj.
1. Of or relating to contagion.
2. Transmissible by direct or indirect contact; communicable: a contagious disease.
3. Capable of transmitting a disease: stayed at home until he was no longer contagious.

con·ta′gious·ly adv.
con·ta′gious·ness n.

contagious

[kəntā′jəs]
Etymology: L, contingere, to touch
infectious; transmitted from person to person by direct or indirect contact. See also communicable. contagion, n.

contagious

adjective Capable of being transmitted from one person to another by direct contact or proximity—e.g., by aerosols or fomites.

contagious

Epidemiology adjective Infectious; capable of being transmitted from one person to another by contact or close proximity

con·ta·gious

(kŏn-tā'jŭs)
Relating to contagion; communicable or transmissible by contact with the sick or their fresh secretions or excretions.
Synonym(s): infectious (2) .

contagious

The literal meaning—spread by touch or direct contact—has given way to a looser usage and the term is now used simply to mean ‘infectious’. Chickenpox, once thought contagious is now known to be spread by droplets; the common cold, once thought to be spread by droplets is now known to be literally contagious.

contagious

(of infections) transmitted by contact.

con·ta·gious

(kŏn-tā'jŭs)
Relating to contagion; communicable or transmissible by contact with the sick or their fresh secretions or excretions.
Synonym(s): infectious (2) .

contagious (kəntā´jus),

adj capable of being transmitted from one person to another by direct or indirect contact.

contagious

capable of being transmitted from animal to animal.

contagious abortion
contagious agalactia
acute mastitis, arthritis and ophthalmitis with painful joint swelling in goats and sheep caused by Mycoplasma agalactiae. Occurs on every continent but outbreaks and severe disease occur particularly in the Mediterranean area and Africa. A triad of mastitis, arthritis and ocular disease sometimes accompanied with respiratory disease, abortion and diarrhea. Mycoplasma agalactiae is the main causal agent in sheep and goats, but M. agalactiae, M. mycoides subsp. mycoides large colony type and M. capricolum subsp. capricolum produce a similar if not identical clinical presentation. The udder is permanently damaged and many animals die.
contagious aphtha
contagious avian epithelioma
see fowlpox.
contagious bovine pleuropneumonia
a highly infectious septicemia with a principal localization in the lungs, caused by Mycoplasma mycoides var. mycoides. It occurs only in cattle. The cardinal signs are cough, fever, dyspnea, pleuritic friction sounds and gurgling breath sounds on auscultation of the lungs. The case fatality rate is high. An important epidemiological characteristic is the common occurrence of carrier animals with sequestra of infected material in the lungs.
contagious bovine pyelonephritis
infection of the urinary tract of cattle by Corynebacterium cystitidis with lesions in the kidney, ureters and bladder. Diagnostic signs are the passage of urine containing blood or discrete red cells and pus, dysuria and palpable abnormalities per rectum of affected organs. Culture of urine confirms the diagnosis.
contagious caprine/ovine pleuropneumonia
highly infectious and fatal pleuropneumonia of goats and sheep caused by Mycoplasma capricolum subsp. capripneumoniae previously known as mycoplasma strain F38. The clinical picture includes a short course with cough, dyspnea, and abnormal lung and pleural sounds on auscultation.
contagious ecthyma
see contagious ecthyma.
contagious epididymitis and vaginitis
see epivag.
equine contagious acne
contagious equine metritis
a highly contagious venereal disease resident in mares and transmitted by the stallion, which shows no clinical signs. It is caused by Taylorella equigenitalis. Clinically there is a profuse purulent discharge from the vulva about a week after service, endometritis and cervicitis. Also associated with infertility and abortion. So highly contagious that most countries have strict control procedures to prevent entry or spread when detected.
contagious equine pustular dermatitis
contagious mastitis
contagious ophthalmia
see contagious ophthalmia.
contagious ovine foot rot
see ovine footrot.
contagious ovine/caprine ophthalmia
see contagious ophthalmia.
contagious ovine pustular dermatitis
see contagious ecthyma.
contagious porcine pyoderma
an infectious disease of young sucking pigs characterized by pustules on the face and neck from which streptococci and staphylococci are isolatable. The disease develops from infection of bite wounds inflicted by piglets whose needle teeth have not been removed.
contagious pustular stomatitis
contagious pyoderma
see exudative epidermitis.
contagious venereal infection of sheep
see ulcerative dermatosis.
contagious venereal tumor
see canine transmissible venereal tumor.

Patient discussion about contagious

Q. Is psoriasis infectious? Last week I and my friends from high-school went to the pool. One of my friend has psoriasis on his back, and when the lifeguard noticed it he asked him to leave the pool because he has skin disease that may spread to the other people swimming in the pool. We told him it is psoriasis and not some fungus, but he told us that psoriasis is also infectious. Is that true? Can psoriasis infect people who come in touch with people with psoriasis? Can I go swimming with him or should be more cautious?

A. It is right that psoriasis is not a contagious skin condition. But your friend should take care. However keeping skin humid is better for Psoriasis patients as I recently read these tips at
http://www.vitiligoguide.com/psoriasis/

Q. Is leukemia contagious? A friend of mine got leukemia (blood cancer), can I get it from him if he bleeds and I touch the blood? Like HIV I mean.

A. No, you don't have to be afraid, no chance of that. Your friend will need you to pass this terrible illness. So I recommend learning a bit about leukemia so you understand it better and won't avoid your friend.
You can get information on those 2 sites:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/leukemia/DS00351

http://library.thinkquest.org/C006095/root/glossary.htm

Q. Is psoriasis contagious? My wife got psoriasis and I don’t want to get infected…

A. Psoriasis itself, as was written above, isn't contagious, i.e. if someone has psoriasis he or she can't transmit it to you. However, there is a form of psoriasis called psoriasis guttate that is associated with infection of the throat by a bacterium called streptococcus (which is contagious), so in some way it is contagious.

You may read more here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psoriasis#Types_of_psoriasis

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