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Are middle ear infections contagious?

Middle ear infections cannot be passed on from one person to another. However, the viruses and bacteria that cause the infections can be spread by breathing in droplets of fluid that have been sneezed or coughed by an infected person. Similarly, the infections can be passed on by close contact, or by sharing contaminated towels, bed linen or clothing.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 05 Dec 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Earache

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