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Old 08-06-2006, 11:39 AM   #1
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Lifespan of a polio virus

Anyone know how long a strand of polio virus can last in the summer time and the winter time? Lets assume that the virus is in the water during all these times.

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Old 08-07-2006, 11:02 AM   #2
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Re: Lifespan of a polio virus

interesting question. i think that, since it's a virus, it needs a host pretty quickly or it will die.

if it had lasted for a long time in water, then everyone, at least in new orleans where i got it, would have had it...and they didn't.

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Old 12-13-2006, 04:43 PM   #3
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Re: Lifespan of a polio virus

a virus isnt living, so how can it die?

Old 12-14-2006, 08:04 PM   #4
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Re: Lifespan of a polio virus

A virus is a living creature, not the same as a tree or a dog, but they are alive. Most viruses can't survive without a host for more than about two days. And even fewer can survive in "hostile" enviroments, such as extreme cold, below freezing, extreme heat, or through chemicals.

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