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How long do the viruses that cause hepatitis survive outside the body?

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The hepatitis A virus can live outside the body for months.

Hepatitis B survives for at least 7 days while still being able to cause an infection.

Hepatitis C can live outside the body for up to 4 days and still spread the disease.

SOURCES:

CDC.

American Liver Foundation: "Hepatitis C Treatments."

 

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 12, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC.

American Liver Foundation: "Hepatitis C Treatments."

 

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 12, 2017

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