Medical Warnings

30 adenovirus cases confirmed at Wanaque Center

The New Jersey Department of Health said Thursday laboratory tests have confirmed another child has contracted an adenovirus infection, which is now the 30th known pediatric case at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell. There have been 10 deaths associated with this outbreak.

A staff member was also affected by the outbreak but has recovered. The Voorhees Pediatric Facility in Voorhees announced that four of its patients had contracted a mild form of adenovirus during at the end of October, in a different strain from that identified at the Wanaque Center.

Currently, three of the four patients had recovered with no new cases reported. Wanaque and Voorhees Pediatric are two of four pediatric long-term care facilities named by the state DOH earlier this week to receive training and assessments from a state team of infection control experts and epidemiologists.

Adenoviruses are often spread by touching a contaminated person or surface, or through the air by coughing or sneezing. They are known to persist on unclean surfaces and medical instruments for long periods of time, and they may not be eliminated by common disinfectants, but they rarely cause severe illness in healthy people. However, people with weakened immune systems have a higher risk for severe disease, and they may remain contagious long after they recover, according to the CDC. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after being exposed to the virus, the state health department said.

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