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how long can e.coli the bacteria live on a surface?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
It depends on...: Well, if is a dry surface, then not very long...But if is wet/damp etc..It can survive and multiply as long as there is water/food. Thus, it is best to wash your counter tops with soap/disinfectants and keep it dry... Stay healthy.. Good luck.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Agree with Dr. N: Please note that E coli is all around in small numbers, including tap water.

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