A 35-year-old member asked:
How long can hepatitis c virus survive outside of the body?
1 doctor answer • 4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raffanswered
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Not very long: Viruses require other cells to live in. If excreted from the body the virus will die as the cells containing it die. If you are referring to blood, however, do not assume wet blood is non-infectious.
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A member asked:
How long can hepatitis C live outside the body?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Dr. John Munshoweranswered
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Up to 4 days approx: The hepatitis viruses are hardy, and one can survive longer than the other. Generally speaking hep c can survive up to 4 days and in room temp, usually less than a day.
5.4k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Dec 16, 2014
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