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Adenovirus Hits Second Long
Term Care Facility in New Jersey

By Patricia Doyle PhD
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Hello Jeff - We had 10 fatalities - children - from Adenovirus in the first facility and now 5 children have been afflicted with the virus in a second facility, this time in Camden County, NJ.

Published Date: 2018-11-08 12:02:51
Subject: PRO/EDR> Adenovirus - USA (03): (NJ) 2nd location, update
Archive Number: 20181108.6131198

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Date: Mon 5 Nov 2018
Source: [edited] index.ssf/2018/11/viral_ outbreak_in_pediatric_nursing_ home_infects_a.html

A 5th child has been infected in a viral outbreak at a long-term care facility in Camden county, state Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal announced [Mon 5 Nov 2018].

The outbreak at the Voorhees Pediatric Facility in South Jersey is unrelated to the one that has claimed 10 young lives at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in northern Passaic county.

The hospital-acquired adenovirus is to blame in both locations, but the strain detected at Voorhees is not as virulent as the one in Haskell, the health department said.

Vooehees and Wanaque serve children who require around-the clock care and usually rely on technology to help them breathe and eat. "The Department and local health partners have been working with the facility to provide infection control recommendations and identify other possible illnesses since the facility notified the Department of a case of adenovirus in a resident on [26 Oct 2018]," Elnahal said.

More cases may develop, the department said. So far, the onset of the illness was [20 Oct 2018] and the most recent illness was reported [29 Oct 2018], the department said.

A [2 Nov 2018] press release on the facility's website said 3 of the 4 residents of the facility had recovered.

"Voorhees Pediatric Facility is working aggressively to control the spread of the virus," according to the press release, which described the strain of adenovirus as "mild."

The health department [said] the specific strain, though not yet identified, is not type 7, which can lead to death and has been identified at the Wanaque facility, the press release said.

[Byline: Susan K Livio]

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[As mentioned in the report above, this is another long term care facility in southern New Jersey for children who are immunocompromised and require special assistance. The current information indicates that there are 5 confirmed cases. The adenovirus strain is not the AdV type 7 that has been implicated in the 1st outbreak.

Implementation of control measures focusing on infection control, isolation, and decontamination will be helpful in limiting the cases and spread of infection. - Mod.UBA

HealthMap/ProMED-mail map of New Jersey, United States: 17749
New Jersey county map: usa/states/new-jersey/ newjersey-county-map.html ]

See Also

Adenovirus - USA (02): (NJ) update 20181030.6117463
Adenovirus - USA: (NJ) children, fatal 20181025.6108470
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