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Would the ebola virus die through a washer and dryer cycle?

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Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Yes, but:: Ebola virus is easily killed by soap, bleach, drying and sunlight. Machine washing clothes that have been contaminated with fluids will destroy Ebola virus. Ebola virus survives only a short time on surfaces that are in the sun or have dried. But if you have reasonable concern that the clothes came in contact with body fluids from an Ebola patient: do NOT touch the clothes and call authorities.

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