|1. Vehicle-borne Transmission|
2. Vehicle-borne transmission is a vehicle that is, an inanimate object or material called in scientific terms a "fomite"—becomes contaminated with the infectious agent. The agent, such as a virus, may or may not have multiplied or developed in or on the vehicle. The vehicle contacts the person's body.
Notes: It may be ingested (eaten or drunk), touch the skin, or be introduced internally during surgery or medical treatment. Examples of vehicles that can transmit diseases include cooking or eating utensils, bedding or clothing, toys, surgical or medical instruments (like catheters) or dressings. Water, food, drinks (like milk) and biological products like blood, serum, plasma, tissues or organs can also be vehicles.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)