MCV is a skin infection caused by a poxvirus. Poxviruses are infections that can be traced back hundreds of years. Molluscum contagiosum can be contracted by:

  • Skin-to-skin contact –┬áMolluscum contagiosum in children can often be traced to schools, playgrounds and other areas where children are in constant contact. Molluscum contagiosum in adults is often a sexually transmitted disease.
  • Contact with objects – Children can often contract molluscum contagiosum also through contact with objects that have been contaminated with the molluscum virus.