Outbreak in New Jersey

Measles and Adenovirus outbreaks in New Jersey

November 16, 2018

Ten children across hospitals in New Jersey have died due to an adenovirus outbreak. Recently, the measles has broken out in New Jersey as well.

A New Jersey Department of Health spokeswoman, Nicole Kirgan, answered a few questions and gave some tips on how to stay safe from the adenovirus and measles.

The measles broke out in Lakewood, New Jersey, and there are a confirmed 6 cases.

The best thing you can do to prevent illnesses this season is to cover coughs and sneezes, avoid contact with people who are sick, and wash your hands for the entire length of the Happy Birthday song. For flu and measles, everyone who is able should get vaccinated”

— Nicole Kirgan

Kirgan described, “The infected individuals could have exposed others to the infection while in Ocean County between Oct. 28 and Nov. 1. If you have been exposed, you are at risk if you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles. Individuals potentially exposed, if infected, could develop symptoms as late as Nov. 22. Anyone who suspects an exposure is urged to call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department.”

The New Jersey Department of Health announced that the disease is considered an outbreak.

“This is an active measles outbreak we are investigating so it is possible that lab tests may confirm additional cases.”

The adenovirus has killed ten children and is said to have broken out between September 26th and October 30th. The patients were being treated at the Wanaque medical Center in Haskell, New Jersey. The facility is inspected every 9-15 months, and the last inspection was in August of 2018. They passed with low-level deficiencies and found in compliance with health codes.

“It’s important to point out that these adenovirus outbreaks at the Wanaque Center and another at Voorhees Pediatric Facility (which do not appear to be related at this time) are impacting medically fragile children with compromised immune systems. People with normal immune systems who contracted adenovirus would experience cold-like symptoms. People should talk to their health care provider if they experience respiratory illness”, Kirgan explained.

To protect yourself during the flu season this year and for years to come, Kirgan recommends: “The best thing you can do to prevent illnesses this season is to cover coughs and sneezes, avoid contact with people who are sick and wash your hands for the entire length of the Happy Birthday song. For flu and measles, everyone who is able should get vaccinated.”

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