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A source or potential source of infection that is common to many people, such as contaminated water or food or air laden with pathogenic organisms. Blood and blood products contaminated with HIV, hepatitis B, or other blood-borne pathogens are another example. This mode of transmission characteristically can be responsible for very high attack rates among those who are susceptible to varieties of communicable disease transmitted by common vehicles.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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