Molluscum contagiosum virus.
This infection is benign.
It creates these wart-like lesions, which you
see in the image in front of you.
Transmission is via close contact,
but also through fomites.
And unfortunately, because
virus, active virus is
expressed at the surface of
these wart-like legions,
one can autoinoculate everywhere.
So, a classy situation is the child
in daycare or preschool
who's interacting closely with another child
via toys or as kids do sharing everything,
foods, cheese sticks, you name it.
And so, your child may come
home -- in fact, likely,
will come home from school
at some point in time
with molluscum contagiosum warts.
The population at risk, therefore,
although this is also a sexually
in older people in adults.
It's truly only a medical
problem in terms of progressive diseases,
and those who are immunocompromised
and especially those with HIV/AIDS.
Lesions themselves, as you
see in front of you,
are small, skin colored, but
with a central core, a central plug
which contains the virus itself.
The lesions, again, can be everywhere,
but most often on the trunk,
sometimes autoinoculated to
the genitalia or the face.
And they also can be clustered as you see
here, but also can be individual as well.
They're most often clinically silent,
although occasionally, they
are somewhat itchy.
So, these viruses are ones which,
in the first case, the
pox viruses, we will hopefully
not see again, unless a bioterrorist
threat is reactivated,
but the second one, the molluscum
you will absolutely see at some point,
whether you practice pediatrics
or have a family of your own.