Does Monkeypox live on surfaces?

Monkeypox virus belongs to smallpox family of surfaces and according to CDC, the pox viruses can survive in dark, cold and humid environments in linens, clothing, wood and any other environmental surfaces. One study found out that virus survived for 15 days in a patient home that was left unoccupied and similar studies have indicated that similar Pox viruses can survive weeks or months in a household

Porus materials (like wood) may harbour the monkeypox virus longer than the non porous surfaces or materials like glass, plastic, metal surfaces, so it is necessary to get all the areas of an infected household disinfected with a disinfectant recommended by CDC. The Monkeypox virus is also sensitive to UV light which can be effective deterrant along with disinfectants against Monkeypox



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