Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Medicine | By Ray Hunter

9th Child Dies Following Viral Outbreak At New Jersey Rehabilitation Facility

9th Child Dies Following Viral Outbreak At New Jersey Rehabilitation Facility

Health officials confirmed the presence of adenovirus 7 at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, located in Haskell, New Jersey, where 6 kids have died in the viral outbreak.

As of the announcement, the total number of confirmed adenovirus cases at the facility is at 23, with seven deaths confirmed to be linked to the outbreak.

The latest death occurred Friday when a child succumbed to adenovirus, according to officials. A staff member also became ill, and there have been eight pediatric deaths.

The state's health department said "another medically fragile child" who had a confirmed case of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation died Saturday night.

Similarly, the states' health department also ensures that it is working very closely with the facility to monitor the illness outbreak, and to ensure that all infection control measures are being followed. But officials say this outbreak is particularly severe because it's affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems.

U.S. health officials have confirmed another case of a virus that has left eight children dead at a paediatric rehabilitation centre.

The illness, identified as adenovirus 7, poses the most significant risk to patients with weakened immune systems or existing respiratory and cardiac disease.

The teen - who has been a longterm care patient at the facility for four years - was apparently diagnosed with the virus several days before the NJ Health Department was notified of the outbreak, the WABC article says.

The first report was made September 26, and health officials began to survey the facility on October 10.

The department said it is an active outbreak investigation and lab tests could confirm additional cases. They also note this strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living facilities.

The infection can cause other illnesses, including pneumonia, diarrhea and bronchitis, the department said.

While noting that the adenovirus vaccine is only available for United States military personnel, the CDC said that to prevent the spread of the virus wash hands often, avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and avoid close contact with people who have the virus.

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