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 +====== Molluscum contagiosum ======
 +(1) A contagious [[disease]] of the [[skin]] marked by the occurrence of rounded soft [[tumor]]s of the skin caused by the growth of a [[virus]] (one that belongs to the virus family called the Poxviridae). ​
 +The disease is characterized by the appearance of a few to numerous small, pearly, umbilicated downgrowths called molluscum bodies or condyloma subcutaneum. ​
 +Molluscum contagiosum is mainly seen in children. In teenagers and adults it is often transmitted sexually and so may be considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It is a benign disorder that usually clears up by itself. ​
 +The Latin "​molluscus"​ means soft.
 +(2) A disease of the skin and [[mucous membrane]]s,​ caused by a poxvirus and found all over the world. It is characterized by scattered fleshtoned papules. The disease most frequently occurs in children and in adults with an impaired [[immune response]]. It is transmitted from person to person by direct or indirect contact and lasts up to 3 years.
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