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how long does strep bacteria live on surfaces I

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how long does strep bacteria live on surfaces? I have streph throat and my son put my thermometer in his mouth five hours after i did.
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  4ren6 replied 9 years ago.
Depending on circumstances and environment the bacteria (not a virus) can live on surfaces of about anything for hours and days before being non contagious or transferred to others. It would be wise to suspect that your son may contract the bacteria as well. Anything you touch in the house or home that he then comes into contact with is a possible transmission of the bacteria.
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