Viruses that have a lipid membrane. Many enveloped viruses, such as HBV, HCV, HIV and influenza viruses, are pathogenic to humans and of clinical importance. The lipid envelope of these viruses is relatively sensitive and thus can be destroyed by alcohols such as ethanol or 2-propanol. Enveloped viruses can be killed by disinfectants that are virucidal against enveloped viruses.
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