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How Long Can Hepatitis B Live On A Surface
Depends: Not an easy question to answer in detail since the effects of any illness or condition depend on the person. In general in 2013 would be optimistic about treatment and life. Some people with severe liver damage from hepatitis b may be able to have a liver transplant and extend life even further. Recommend sitting down with your doctor to go over the specific situation. ...Read more
Doesn't matter: Nobody ever catches the hepatitis C virus (HCV) by contact in the environment -- i.e. no risk from contact with infected surfaces, towels, doorknobs, or anything esle. So it doesn't matter how long the virus can survive on these things. The household contacts of people with hep C never catch it themselves if they don't share drug injection equipment or otherwise have major exposures to blood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very briefly: Hep c will survive only as long as there are living cells present. Heat, cold, time, and other adverse conditions will all destroy it. It may survive in tissues, blood, or other body fluids as long as they are kept warm or are preserved for reinfusion to others like blood transfusions. It is not generally transmitted through inanimate objects. ...Read more
Depends: There a million germs. Some may and some may not. What specific germ are you concerned about? ...Read more
Many causes: There are many causes of pink-eye, including allergens, irritants, bacteria, viruses, other microbes, and trauma. Only living causes cause concern about their survival on inanimate surfaces. Adenovirus is a common cause, may be the hardiest, and is very contagious. Canadian Public Health says survival can be 1 wk to 3 mon. Look at http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/lab-bio/res/psds-ftss/msds3e-eng.php ...Read more
Depends: A person may eliminate the virus naturally and have a normal life span. Successful treatment may eliminate the virus and restore normal life span. A person with persisitent infection and other risk factors, such as alcoholism, other liver infections may develop cirrhosis and or liver cancer and have his/her life shortend by decades. ...Read more
TilL dries few HOUR: Cdc has conducted many studies on HIV concentrations outside the body, when these are dried, the virus is reduced by 90to99% over several hours, these concentrations were much higher than they will be outside lab, making theoretical envorenmental transmission outside the body to zero. ...Read more
Not predictable: One cannot tell how long a hepatitis patient will live because there are different kinds of hepatitis, with different levels of severity. For example, if a person gets hepatitis a, there is no reason to believe he will have a change in his expected lifespan from it. Hep a usually goes away in a few weeks, and the person is ok again. However, a very unlucky patient can die during his hep a illness. ...Read more
Can be lifetime : Most people clear HBV within several weeks but some never clear it especially if acquired neonatally. ...Read more
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