Adenovirus Hits South Jersey Pediatric Facility, Four Cases Confirmed

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VOORHEES, N.J. -

A second outbreak of the Adenovirus in New Jersey has been found at the Voorhees Pediatric Facility in Camden County.

However, authorities say that the virus is a different strain from the lethal one that claimed 10 lives at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Woodland Park located in Passaic County.

“The number is up to four in one of our institutions where there is Adenovirus," said freeholder for the Camden County Department of Health, Carmen Rodriguez. "However the good news is it’s not the lethal strain. We’re still monitoring it, we’re still making sure that we follow from the point source of all the individuals.”

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Rodriguez says Camden County health officials intend to follow up with any individuals who came into contact with the affected individuals.

She says those who are most at risk are often immunocompromised.

“We are still testing all of the other individuals because Adenovirus is like the cold," said Rodriguez. "A really bad, bad, cold that you can get so the symptoms are very similar. So we need to make sure that we test everyone.”

The Adenovirus is a respiratory virus, which can cause mild or serious illness, though serious illness is less common.

Symptoms include the common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye, fever, inflammation or infection of the bladder or stomach, and neurological disease.

“The institution is working closely with the health department to make sure the safety of the children are being taken care of and, in fact, they are not admitting anyone at this point until they are 100-percent certain that everything is good,” said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez has been informed that the New Jersey Department of Health is still waiting for additional laboratory test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding four confirmed cases of Adenovirus at the Voorhees Pediatric Facility.

To learn more about the adenovirus, visit cdc.gov/adenovirus/index.html.

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