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    • Join Date: Jun 2008
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    Contagious or Communicable?

    Is there a difference in meaning between 'contagious' and 'communicable' when said of diseases?

    Thank you.

    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    Re: Contagious or Communicable?

    Contagious = describes a disease that can be caught by touching someone with the disease or a piece of infected clothing.

    Communicable = able to be given from one person to another.

    The essential difference is that a disease that is communicable can be transmitted without direct human touch [airborne/insect-borne/water-borne].

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