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How stable is HBV in the environment? What types of equipment cleaners are effective against HBV?

HBV is stable in the environment and remains viable for 7 or more days on environmental surfaces at room temperature. HBV can be transmitted despite the absence of visible blood. Any high level disinfectant that is tuberculocidal will inactivate HBV. The Environmental Protection Agency also registers disinfectants specifically approved for use against HIV and HBV; a current list is available at this website:

Last reviewed: July 21, 2023

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