|FAQ - Diseases and Disease Agents - Archived Through 2012
How long does a virus live outside a body?
The survival of a virus can depend on the individual virus characteristics, the condition of the environment, and other factors. Some resources provide specific information on various viruses(1). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has information on multiple health topics, including viral disease(2).
(1) Block SS, ed. Disinfection, Sterilization and Preservation, 4th ed; Lea & Febiger, Philadelphia, 2000.
(2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health Topics A to Z. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/health/default.htm