Ninth Child Dies in Virus Outbreak at NJ Center

Posted October 31, 2018

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.

"This latest death was an individual who had a confirmed case of adenovirus and had become ill before October 22", explains health officials. Eleven other children remain sick.

One staff member was also diagnosed but has since made a full recovery, officials said. The facility has been barred from admitting new patients for the duration of the outbreak.

The timing of the deaths is not clear.

The for-profit facility has a pediatric centre and also cares for elderly residents. Wednesday the department announced an additional child death. The children range in age from toddlers to young adults.

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The affected children in the facility's pediatric ventilator unit had severely compromised immune systems and respiratory problems before the outbreak began, according to the health department.

The state Department of Health Communicable Disease Service has been on site monitoring the outbreak.

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.

"The Wanaque Center continues to fully cooperate with these agencies and has sought out their medical guidance with respect to the virus", the facility said.

The department said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were helping with lab tests and expertise. Specifically, it was determined that the facility failed to provide a clean and home-like environment for their residents. "The strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living arrangements and can be more severe". Some strains also cause diarrhea and conjunctivitis.

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The bacterium can cause pneumonia or serious blood or wound infections. In extremely unusual cases, an adenovirus infection can result in death.

Adenovirus is mild and feels like a cold or flu, experts say.

This remains the last day when a patient showed new symptoms.

The infections "usually occur sporadically - here a case, there a case - so outbreaks are pretty rare", Schaffner said.

Hospitals in more than 30 countries around the world are detaining patients who can't pay their bills, according to an investigation by the Associated Press. These six types accounted for 85.5% of 1,497 laboratory-confirmed specimens reported during the time period. He said this is changing, and for that reason, he believes the number of cases will rise.

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