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How long can a hepatitis virus live outside a body?

How long can a hepatitis virus live outside a body?

Days: It is thought hepatitis b can survive about a week outside the body and hepatitis c 1-4 days. The viruses can live longer in wet/fluid environments. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more


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

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

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. ...Read more

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Once my body contracts the hepatitis virus how long will it actually take to show the symptons?

Once my body contracts the hepatitis virus how long will it actually take to show the symptons?

Hepatitis B: The period between transmission of the hepatitis b virus and the beginning of symptoms of hepatitis b -- which is known as the "hepatitis b incubation period" -- lasts between 30 and 180 days. The length of this incubation period will depend on how many virus particles a person has been exposed to. Infection with very few particles causes a longer incubation period. ...Read more

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Can the doctor find out if one has a hepatitis virus through a blood test?

Can the doctor find out if one has a hepatitis virus through a blood test?

Yes: Blood tests can detect the nucleic acids for all types of hepatitis viruses. Prior infections can be detected by antibodies. ...Read more

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How long does the hepatitis a virus survive outside the body?

Only few minutes: It depends on the temperature and the conditions. Most of the time it needs body fluids or very direct contact ( air born). ...Read more

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How long can hepatitis C virus survive outside of the body?

How long can hepatitis C virus survive outside of the body?

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. ...Read more

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"Hepatitis b patients usually recover completely and are immune" - Does this mean the virus is no longer in the body? Pls explain "recover completely"

No guarantees: You can recover and still have the virus in your system. If so, exacerbations of HBV can occur. Tests are available to determine if the virus, its antigens and its antibodies are present. Most people, after recovery, will remain asymptomatic. But, a few will develop late complications, like chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver tumors. You need follow-up by your physician or a liver special ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more