The most common transmission route for hepatitis C is from sharing HCV infected needles and drug preparation tools. Before the discovery of an HCV cell culture system—Japanese fulminant hepatitis (JFH1) HCV isolate—there was basically only one solid science study that told us the length of time that HCV can survive outside the body. Since the cell culture discovery, however, there have been many important findings for knowledge and prevention of HCV transmission.
This fact sheet by Alan Franciscus will summarize the findings to date.
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