Pediatric facility in Camden County is dealing with another case of adenovirus

Andrew Kramer
November 26, 2018 - 4:56 pm
A 13th person in a Camden County pediatric facility has tested positive for adenovirus.

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CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) —  A 13th case of Adenovirus has been confirmed at the Voorhees Pediatric Facility in Camden County. It's not a deadly strain, but health officials are monitoring the site very closely. 

"It is not the same strain that was in North Jersey that led to fatalities," said Camden County Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez. But she says while it is not as severe, she and other health officials feel they need to keep a close eye on the situation.

"This one, it can make a child sick. I believe we've had two hospitalizations because of it, but this is a much milder strain. It does have symptoms," she explained. 

Adenovirus is a respiratory illness which can include symptoms such as a sore throat, fever, pneumonia and even neurological issues. 

County health officials say no one has died from the virus at this facility and no one is listed in critical condition.

As a precaution, Rodriguez said that "the state is also not allowing us to take in more patients in order to prevent the spread. We're going to make sure the site is contained."

She adds that the adenovirus cases at Voorhees Pediatric Facility are the only ones in Camden County.

An earlier outbreak of a different strain of adenovirus left 11 children dead and sickened nearly two dozen others at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. 

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KYW Newsradio's Lynne Adkins contributed to this report.