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How long can the hepatitis b virus live outside the body?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 59 years experience
Hepatitis B VIRUS: Hepatitis b virus can not live outside the body.It is tranmitted either by sharing needles incase of drug addicts or by body fluids and in old days before blood was tested for hep b, people contacted it by blood transfusion, these days all blood is screened for the virus.You can also get it by sexual intercourse.
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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 52 years experience
1 week or longer: Hepatitis b virus can survive in the environment for 1 week or longer but is inactivated by disinfectants including household bleach.
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Last updated Jun 1, 2012

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