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How long does Parvovirus stay active in your home

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How long does Parvovirus stay active in your home carpet or other areas.
Submitted: 8 years ago via ThePetCenter.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Angela replied 8 years ago.
Parvo virus can remain infective for months to years in infected organic material (i.e. fecal material, dirt in your yard, etc.). Inside your home, the virus really can't survive for more than about a month as long as there is no organic debris lying around (i.e. feces, dirt, etc.). Steam clean the carpets many times, clean all hardwood floors with a diluted bleach solution if you can otherwise use standard hardwood floor cleaner and just clean very thoroughly. Here is a handout to also help you understand disinfection of Parvo virus http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&C=&A=579&SourceID=. I hope this is helpful information. Please let me know if you have more questions about this. Best wishes.
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