Ebola Virus Lives 7 Days on Corpses

February 12, 2015 9:22 PM

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The Ebola virus can live in and on the body of a victim for as long as seven days, researchers reported Thursday in a finding that helps explain the insidious spread of the infection.

Public health experts have long known that touching the body of someone who's died of Ebola is extremely dangerous. The World Health Organization said just this week that handling the bodies of victims — mostly during funeral rites — was fueling the continued spread of the virus in West Africa.

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