By Cara Murez 

HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, May 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Most cases of mpox are spread from skin-to-skin contact, but it is possible to catch the virus by touching a contaminated surface in a house or a hospital room, according to a new study.

Researchers studying this found temperature made a difference. The virus could survive at room temperature on a surface for up to 11 days. At 4 degrees Celsius (39 degrees Fahrenheit), it could survive for up to a month.

“Smallpox viruses are notorious for their ability to remain infectious in the environment for a very long time,” explained study…


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