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Why does it seem that everyone has the H Pylori bacteria, which causes ulcers?

Asked by Dutchess_III (38827points) January 19th, 2018

My 4 year old granddaughter was diagnosed with it, I’m currently on meds for it (and the gastric problems I’ve had for 10 years are gone!) and a Jelly just asked a question about it because he has it too.

Since it’s a bacteria, that means it’s contagious, right?

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SergeantQueen's avatar

Here is a source. It says the following,
“H. pylori is commonly transmitted person-to-person by saliva. The bacteria can also be spread by fecal contamination of food or water. In developing countries, a combination of untreated water, crowded conditions, and poor hygiene contributes to higher H. pylori prevalence. Most people become infected as children, and parents and siblings seem to play a primary role in transmission.”

SergeantQueen's avatar

It enters through the mouth is the main thing

Rarebear's avatar

Transmission is fecal-oral.

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