NJ sending infection-control teams to pediatric centers

Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

9th child dies in adenovirus outbreak at NJ health facility, Health Department confirms

The Westchester mother of a 16-year-old girl who was among seven dead in an adenovirus outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in North Jersey is demanding answers, ABC7 reports.

The New Jersey Department of Health said in a news release that "another medically fragile child" who had a confirmed case of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation died Saturday night.

In some versions of a story October 25 about a viral outbreak, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the New Jersey health commissioner.

Health commissioner Dr Shereef Elnahal said the first symptoms showed at the centre on 26 September, and the state was notified of an outbreak 9 October.

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

Adenoviruses frequently cause mild to severe illness with cold-like symptoms, particularly in young children.

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

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"This is an active investigation of an outbreak of adenovirus so it is possible that lab tests will confirm additional cases", the state's health department said in a statement.

New Jersey health officials are sending infection-control teams to four long-term pediatric centers and a hospital to assist with training amid viral and bacterial outbreaks that killed a combined 10 people. Eleven other children remain sick.

"To date, confirmed cases became ill between September 26 and October 22", according to a health department statement.

This strain of adenovirus has been associated with communal living. The patients affected had "severely compromised immune systems", including respiratory problems, before the outbreak.

The Department of Health's Communicable Disease service remains on site to monitor the outbreak.

The facility has been told not to admit any new patients until the outbreak ends.

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