Karl Fischer tyr-2 at bones.biochem.ualberta.ca
Sun Feb 22 11:37:15 EST 1998

In article <01bd3f4e$930020a0$51ff00cf at default>, "intercon"
<intercon at citynet.net> wrote:

> how long can virus live without a host ? i.e. on a doorknob to still be
> contagious ? 

Herpseviruses have a lipid envelope and, as such, are very susceptable to
drying (ie. they lose their infectivity when dried). A thoroughly dried
spot of material containing herpesvirus should be noninfectious.

Karl the hepB guy

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