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How long does the rabies virus live on surfaces?

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Rabies virus becomes noninfectious when it dries out and when it is exposed to sunlight. Different environmental conditions affect the rate at which the virus becomes inactive, but in general, if the material containing the virus is dry, the virus can be considered noninfectious. read more

At 20C (68F), the virus was infective for 24h on glass and leaves and 48h on metal. At 30C (86F), the virus didn’t last long, being inactivated within 1.5h with exposure to sunlight and 20h without sunlight. So, rabies virus can survive for a while outside the body. read more

The rabies virus is a member of the Rhabdoviridae family of viruses, of the genus Lyssavirus. It is a mammal-specific virus that is typically transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. In the United States, it is most often found in wild animals. read more

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