2 more pediatric adenovirus cases confirmed in New Jersey facilities

Two more pediatric adenovirus cases were diagnosed Nov. 5 in the Wanaque (N.J.) Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation and the Voorhees (N.J.) Pediatric Facility, according to northjersey.com.

Here are five things to know:

1. Ten children infected with adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation have died. The adenovirus affected children in long-term care facilities who were dependent on ventilators.

2. New Jersey health officials confirmed the 29th case Nov. 5, at the Wanaque center. One staff member at the Wanaque center contracted the virus and has since recovered.

3. A fifth pediatric case was confirmed at Voorhees Pediatric Facility. The adenovirus outbreak at Voorhees was attributed to adenovirus type 3, which is milder than the type 7 affecting the Wanaque center. Three pediatric patients have already recovered. There have been no deaths reported in the Voorhees outbreak.

4. The Wanaque center is not accepting new patients until the outbreak is considered over. The center will wait two incubation periods — about a month — without a new adenovirus case before admitting new patients.

5. New Jersey health officials and the Camden County Health Department visited the Voorhees facility "to provide infection control recommendations and identify other possible illnesses since the facility notified the department of an adenovirus case Oct. 26," Shereef Elnahal, MD, state health commissioner, said.

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