ContagiousJAMA Any infectious disease capable of being transmitted by casual contact from one person to another.
Casual contact can be defined as normal day-to-day contact between people at home, at school, at work, or in
the community. A contagious infection (eg, a common cold) can be communicable by casual contact; an
infectious infection, on the other hand, is communicable by intimate contact such as sex. AIDS is
infectious, not contagious.
an disease that may be transmitted by casual contact
from one person to another (e.g., through droplets in the air, on the
hands). See also infectious.
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