How long does the rabies virus survive?
How long can the rabies virus survive? Specifically, outside a living host, ie. on fur, a formica counter top, or a plastic bag which held a rabid animal. Also, how long can the virus survive within a deceased host? Is the virus susceptible to environmental conditions - freezing below x degrees for x amount of time, or temperatures above x degrees for x amount of time, dessication below x percent humidity, etc. I'm creating a collection of skeletal material from various species from road kill/natural killed animals for classroom use and don't want to die in the process, or kill my students. Legitimate scientific references appreciated, please no wikipedia. Thank you