Wanaque Center adenovirus outbreak is over, but new patients still barred

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The adenovirus outbreak at Haskell, N.J.-based Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation is over, but health officials still are barring new patients in the children's unit, according to northjersey.com.

Three things to know:

1. By the end of the outbreak, 36 children had been infected with the adenovirus and 11 had died.

2. Four weeks have passed since the most recent patient case, which is the standard for declaring the end of viral outbreak.

3. The New Jersey Health Department will continue to bar all new admissions to the Wanaque pediatric unit, which includes 92 beds, about 60 of which are reserved for patients who need ventilators. 

"Out of an abundance of caution, we are continuing to work with the facility to ensure they have infection control procedures in place," said Donna Leusner, spokesperson for the New Jersey Health Department. "There is always a risk of the introduction of a new respiratory outbreak in this facility because it’s flu season."

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