Adenovirus outbreak claims 9th child at New Jersey facility

Adenovirus outbreak claims 9th child at New Jersey facility

Adenovirus outbreak claims 9th child at New Jersey facility

An adenovirus outbreak at a New Jersey pediatric rehabilitation center has left nine children dead, officials said on Sunday Oct. 28.

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. Adenovirus hasn't been confirmed in another person who died Friday afternoon.

It is the latest death of an individual who had a confirmed case of adenovirus and had become ill before October 22.

The child, whose name has not been released, died late Saturday night at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey.

"We are working every day to ensure all infection control protocols are continuously followed and closely monitoring the situation at the facility", he said.

Adenovirus can cause bronchitis, pneumonia and pink eye, but is especially unsafe to those with already compromised immune systems.

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Both the staff at the facility as well as state authorities are continuous in the efforts to contain the spread of the virus. During a site visit last week, inspectors identified "hand-washing deficiencies", and state health officials have barred the center from admitting new patients until the outbreak is past.

Adenovirus is a respiratory virus that can causes mild or serious illness.

The health department says the adenovirus outbreak has been particularly severe because it is affecting children with severely compromised immune systems.

In a review by the government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Wanaque was awarded an above-average ranking in overall quality but was given a below-average health inspection rating. The CDC is also investigating the outbreak. Symptoms include the common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye, and fever and bladder infections.

Still, Schaffner doesn't think people need to be anxious about adenoviruses.

Adenoviruses, of which there are 52 different strains, are common causes of respiratory illnesses and most infections aren't severe, according to the CDC.

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