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how long does bactria and viruses like salmonella typhi, hep a, hep b , herpes etc. can survive on surfaces like mattresses, blankets, clothes etc.

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Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
23 years experience Family Medicine
Varies: Streptococcus pneumonia and strep pyogenes can survive on surfaces such a books, toys cribs for months. Studies show that antibiotic resistant bacteria can survive on hospital fabrics for upto 90days (synthetic fabrics) . Viruses such as adenovirus, herpes virus and polio virus can survive on hard surfaces for upto 8 weeks. Vaccinia and cocackie virus can survive for upto 2 weeks.
Answered on Nov 17, 2014

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