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MICROBIOLOGY

  • Molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV): large, brick or ovoid-shaped double-stranded DNA pox virus [Fig 1], genus Molluscipox, family Poxviridae.
    • Two subtypes: cause indistinguishable lesions.
      • MCV I
      • MCV II
  • Viral particles contained in central core of umbilicated lesions.

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Last updated: November 7, 2019