Molluscum contagiosum virus

Summary of Molluscum contagiosum virus
Molluscum contagiosum is a cutaneous disorder caused by the poxvirus family of viruses, the largest known DNA viruses. It presents with flesh-coloured or pearly white 2-5mm papules with central umbilication. These papules can appear anywhere on the body. In children it is usually spread through fomites or direct contact with a lesion. Sexual contact is the commonest method of spread in adults. The disease is self-limited, so no treatment is usually necessary.
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Molluscum contagiosum virus

Molluscum contagiosum virus

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(Children/adults) usually get molluscum contagiosum through fomites.


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A 7-year-old boy presents to his pediatrician with several small papules across his body. His mother reports that his cousins have developed similar papules, and they had stayed together for a sleepover recently. The patient does not report any fever, congestion, or cough. Physical examination shows that the papules are 5 mm (0.20 in) across, skin-colored, with a central induration. They are not painful or pruritic, but are distressing for both the patient and his mother. Which of the following virus families contains the likely causative agent?

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