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What causes molluscum contagiosum?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus. The virus spreads when someone comes in direct contact with the skin lesions. You can also catch the virus by touching towels or other items that have touched the infected skin. A sexually transmitted version of the infection can be contracted through direct contact with the genitals of an infected person.

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