Poxvirus Infection in Humans

Abstract

Poxviruses are a group of genetically related DNA‐containing viruses that have provided important scientific insights and are associated with various human diseases.

Keywords: viral infection; smallpox; vaccinia; molluscum contagiosum; zoonosis

Figure 1.

(a) A cluster of lesions caused by Molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV). (b) Histological appearance of the eosinophilic inclusions characteristic of MCV infection. Stained with haematoxylin‐eosin. Original magnification ×120. Courtesy of Dr Chin‐Lee Wu, Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Jiang, Hua, and Wang, Frederick CS(Jan 2003) Poxvirus Infection in Humans. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0002243]