Saturday, 17 November, 2018

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

Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation 9th child dies in adenovirus outbreak at NJ health facility, Health Department confirms
Steve Townsend | 31 October, 2018, 03:27

A ninth child has died from the "severe" adenovirus outbreak at a New Jersey facility, the state's Department of Health confirmed.

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.

The for-profit facility has a pediatric centre and also cares for elderly residents.

The death on Sunday at Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey, was reported over the weekend by the New Jersey Department of Health.

Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said the first symptoms showed up September 26, and the state was notified of an outbreak October 9.

He added: "The department continues to work very closely with the facility to ensure that all infection control measures are being followed". The outbreak won't be declared over until the center can go four weeks without patients being newly infected.

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Adenovirus usually poses little risk for healthy people.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control was assisting state health officials with testing and "expertise", according to the New Jersey Department. The CDC is also investigating the outbreak. Some strains also cause diarrhea and conjunctivitis.

In rare cases among people with weakened immune systems, the viruses may cause pneumonia or inflammation of the brain and the tissues around it.

Twenty-five pediatric cases of adenovirus have been connected to the outbreak at this facility, officials said.

Adenovirus causes severe flu-like symptoms but can be even more unsafe than the typical flu virus. Adenovirus is a respiratory virus that can cause mild or serious illness, though serious illness is less common.

The viruses typically spread from close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands, through the air by coughing and sneezing, and touching objects or surfaces that have the viruses on them before touching one's mouth, nose, or eyes.

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

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