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How long rabies virus survive in the surroundings outside animal's body?Can an inactivated rabies virus in the surroundings become active again?

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There is an old trappers’ saying that if you find an animal you suspect to be rabid, you should freeze it before handling. Absolutely the worst thing you can do. Freezing does not kill rabies virus. The virus will go into a suspended state, only to awaken on thawing. An Agriculture Canada experiment put a rabid animal in a freezer at -30 deg. C for two years. When the carcass was thawed, the virus was still active! Rabies virus in a petrie dish at room temperature will remain active for a few days. In a summer, roadside condition, the virus around the surface of the animal would probably die within half an hour, but the virus in the brain would be viable for several days.
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