Laksmi, Lidya Imelda
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Molluscum contagiosum is a common non-cancerous skin growth caused by a viral infection in the top layers of the skin. They are similar to warts but are caused by a different virus 1. Molluscum contagiosum, a cutaneous and mucosal eruption caused by a Molluscipox virus 2 (poxvirus 1,3,4), was first described and later assigned its name by Bateman in the beginning of the nineteenth century. In 1841 Henderson and Paterson described the intracytoplasmic inclusion bodies now known as molluscum or Henderson-Paterson bodies. In the early twentieth century, Juliusberg, Wile, and Kingery were able to extract filterable virus from lesions and show transmissibility. Goodpasture later described the similarities of molluscum and vaccinia. Though generally thought to infect only humans, but there are a few isolated reports of Molluscum contagiosum occuring in chickens, sparrows, pigeons, chimpanzees, kangaroos, a dog, and a horse. The infection is found worldwide and has higher incidence in children, sexually active adults, and those who are immunodeficient 1,2,5.