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Our 8 year old grandson will be holidaying with s parents in

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Our 8 year old grandson will be holidaying with his parents in our holiday home in France. He has Molluscum Contagiosum. It will be warm so we are not sure his rash will be covered up all the time. He will be sitting on soft furnishing and PVC garden furniture. The floor is carpeted.
My wife is receiving treatment for cancer which reduces her immune system. We were hoping to travel out to our holiday home 1 week after our grandson and his parents have left.
How long does the Molluscum Contagiosum virus survive outside the body ?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dermatology
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Expert:  Dr. David replied 4 months ago.

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usually molluscum contagiosum can survive on moist surfaces for 24 hours and dry surfaces for up to 4 hours. and dark moist surfaces for up to 48 hours.

https://lookfordiagnosis.com/faq.php?term=Molluscum+Contagiosum&lang=1

I am a cancer doctor

even in a patient who has cancer and is immunocompromised, this virus most likely will not cause problems or complications.

what cancer therapy is your wife receiving?

a good cleaning of the house when your wife gets there or before should be fine to kill the virus on surfaces.

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