Zika virus can survive up to eight hours out of the body
Study conducted by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) has revealed that the Zika virus can survive for up to eight hours on hard, nonporous surfaces and is extremely contagious.
The finding shows that the virus can be transmitted by contaminated needles or contact with open cuts on the skin. According to the study's author, Steve Zhou, director of virology and molecular biology at Microbac Laboratories in Pittsburgh, in the United States, the transmission of the Zika virus does not occur only through the bite of the infected Aedes aegypti mosquito or through sexual intercourse with an infected partner.
"Zika can survive on hard, nonporous surfaces for up to eight hours - possibly even longer when the environment The good news is that common disinfectants like isopropyl alcohol are effective in killing the virus in this type of environment in just 15 seconds, "commented Steve.
Substances like bleach and para-acetic acid have a positive effect to eliminate the Zika. However, when the virus is in contact with blood, the substances lose their effect. For the researcher, these data are especially important for researchers and health professionals.
The study also showed that bleach and paraacetic acid are also effective in eliminating zika. However, when the virus is in contact with blood, both substances lose that effect. The researcher noted that the finding is important for researchers and health professionals
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Zika virus has already been detected in 61 countries, most of them in the Americas. Brazil is the most affected country to date, with more than 1,800 reported cases of microcephaly.
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