Survival Of Enteroviruses In Soil

Viruses - These parasites, which are smaller than bacteria, can only reproduce inside the animal or plant they parasitize. However, some can survive for long periods outside of their host.

Enteroviruses - Enteroviruses are those that reproduce in the intestinal tract. They have been found to survive in soil for periods ranging between 15 and 170 days. The following chart shows the survival times of enteroviruses in various types of soil and soil conditions.

Soil Type

% Moisture

Days of Survival (less than)

Sterile, sandy 7.5 5.0



10-20% . . .

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