How can Myocarditis spread from a person who has it? Is touching a person who died of Myocarditis dangerous?

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  • Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything related to this on Google. I know, from Google, that it is spread mainly through virus, but nowhere do they mention how contagious this disease is. – Aditya Mar 24 '19 at 19:55

Myocarditis itself is not a virus nor is it contagious - the term refers an inflammation of the myocardium (a.k.a. the heart muscle). A viral infection is probably the most common cause of myocarditis but there's many different viruses that can have it as a complication including:

  • Adenovirus (the common cold)
  • Hepatitis B/C
  • Parvovirus
  • HIV
  • Rubella

the list goes on. It can also result from a bacterial infection (staph, strep, diptheria etc) parasites, fungal infections, or as a reaction to an environmental factors such as a drugs, medication, carbon monoxide, radiation.

So Myocarditis itself isn't transmissible but the some of the conditions that cause it might be - so any precautions required to prevent catching the contagion that caused the myocarditis apply. That said it's quite a rare complication and not always serious - and there's no saying that because one person developed it as a result of a given disease that anyone they infect will get it as well.

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