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what is the lifespan of varicella zoster virus outside the host cell?

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Dr. Janesta Noland
Specializes in Pediatrics
About 24 hours: Vzv can survive outside the human body for up to 24 hours, but it may be less in inhospitable conditions.
Answered on Oct 13, 2016
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