Merkel cell polyomaviruses, abbreviated as MCPyV or MCV, belong to the polyomavirus family. In humans, they are apparently involved in the development of an aggressive, malignant skin tumour, Merkel cell carcinoma. The virus is one of seven known human oncoviruses. It is believed to be transmitted via the respiratory tract. Since virus mutations form, the Merkel cell polyomavirus is apparently not transmissible from person to person.
Keywords: polyomaviruses, Merkel cell carcinoma, malignant skin tumours, oncoviruses
Taken from MTA Dialog 9/2022, translated by mt g medical translation GmbH & Co KG