What does the word contagion mean?

Usage examples for contagion

  1. Thankful that we had escaped contagion, we nevertheless still proposed to observe for a time such precautions in regard to the others as seemed necessary; riding in the rear and having no communication with them, though they showed by signs the pleasure they felt at seeing us. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  2. Calhoun said pleasantly, I'm sure that what I say is being recorded, so that I'll add that it's perfectly practical for Wealdians to land on Dara, take whatever property they think wise- to pay for damage done by blueskins, of course- and get back to Wealdian ships with absolutely no danger of carrying contagion. – This World Is Taboo by Murray Leinster

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