HackensackUMC Mountainside Provides Local Perspective on Zika Virus

(Montclair, NJ –April 22, 2016) With the Zika virus making news on a daily basis, officials at HackensackUMC Mountainside want to reassure area residents and direct them to trustworthy resources such as the New Jersey Department of Health’s Zika Hotline where the most current, reliable information can be obtained.

“There’s certainly no cause for panic locally.  However, we can and should make prudent lifestyle decisions in response to the emergence of Zika as a global health concern,” said Dr. Theresa Soroko, Chief Medical Officer for HackensackUMC Mountainside, who’s also a board-certified infectious disease specialist.

“Various types of mosquitos are known carriers of illnesses including Zika and West Nile, so precautions such as use of a safe and effective repellent when outdoors is recommended,” she said. “Those in certain categories such as pregnant women and their partners should also heed advisories about travel to specific destinations in the Caribbean, Central and South America.”

As a major healthcare provider, HackensackUMC Mountainside is receiving updates from numerous sources including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the state’s Department of Health (DOH) and the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA), Soroko indicated. The hospital is well-prepared in the event that a Zika case should arise in its suburban Essex and neighboring Passaic County service area.

For complete information about Zika prevention, symptoms and travel-related advisories, Dr. Soroko urges the public to visit cdc.gov/zika or nj.org/health online or call 800-962-1253 to reach a Zika Hotline operated by the DOH in collaboration with the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES).The 24/7 call center, staffed by representatives who can answer questions from both the public and health professionals, has the capability to respond to inquiries in any language.

About HackensackUMC Mountainside
HackensackUMC Mountainside has been serving Montclair and its surrounding New Jersey communities since 1891. The hospital, part of the Hackensack University Health Network, provides patients immediate access to innovative and effective treatment alternatives at specialized centers within the hospital that focus on imaging, women’s health, cancer care, surgery, obesity, stroke and chronic kidney disease.  HackensackUMC Mountainside is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services and is one of only a few community hospitals licensed by the State to perform emergency cardiac angioplasty. To learn more about HackensackUMC Mountainside visit www.mountainsidehosp.com.



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