Molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum

Description, Causes and Risk Factors:

Molluscum contagiosum is a common and contagious viral infection that causes small, firm wart-like lumps anywhere on the body. It usually occurs in school-age children. It also occurs in adults where it is commonly found on the genitals, inner thighs and abdomen and is usually sexually transmitted.

Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a poxvirus (A family of large complex viruses, with a marked affinity for skin tissue, that are pathogenic for humans and other animals. Virions are large, up to 250


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