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Ringwood Health Department

The Health Department is located in the Borough Hall on the 2nd Floor. The Health Department carries out the policies of the Board of Health and the NJ State Department of Health.

RINGWOOD HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Adenovirus 

Due to the recent and tragic events occurring at the Wanaque Center in Haskell, the Ringwood Health Department would like to inform you about the Adenovirus. Adenoviruses are common viruses that cause a range of illnesses. They can cause cold-like symptoms, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, and pink eye (conjunctivitis). You can get an adenovirus infection at any age however people with weakened immune systems or existing respiratory or cardiac disease are more likely than others to get very sick from an adenovirus infection. This is the primary reason for the devastating outcome at the Wanaque Center, as they care for very sick children within their facility. Adenovirus outbreaks are more common in communal facilities like nursing homes and rehabilitation centers.

Here is the link for the most recent statement from the New Jersey Department of Health https://nj.gov/health/news/2018/approved/20181025a.shtml.

We can all do our part to reduce the spread of common viruses, such as adenovirus, or flu viruses during the flu season. Most viruses are spread through personal contact. In order to prevent the spread of viruses, the CDC recommends the following simple steps:

*Wash your hands often (including after using the bathroom) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

            *Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

            *Stay home when you are sick or keep your sick child home

            *Cough or sneeze into your elbow and not your hands

            *Avoid sharing cups or utensils

            *Refrain from kissing or close personal contact if you are sick

            *Get a flu vaccine to reduce your risk of getting the flu

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