4 more cases confirmed in viral outbreak at pediatric centre

8th death reported at North Jersey medical facility

8th death reported at North Jersey medical facility

The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.October 26, 2018 / 11:42 PM GMTBy Dennis RomeroAn eighth child died Friday afternoon following a monthlong adenovirus outbreak at rehabilitation center in New Jersey, the state's Department of Health said.The child, already fragile and suffering respiratory illness, was not confirmed to have the common infection, health officials said. So far, the researchers determined that the viral outbreak is caused by a virus called Adenovirus-7, as reported by the Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal this week. It said it did not have laboratory confirmation of adenovirus in the child.

New Jersey health officials will launch an infection control and prevention campaign at three New Jersey pediatric specialty hospitals that care for medically fragile patients, similar to those affected by a recent adenovirus outbreak at a rehabilitation center in the state, according to NJ Spotlight. A Department of Health Communicable Disease Service staff member is on site at the facility and monitoring the outbreak.

As of Friday, there were a total of 23 confirmed adenovirus cases associated with the outbreak. The strain found in the New Jersey juvenile rehabilitation center is among the strongest ones as it can cause severe respiratory illnesses, especially in people with weak immune systems.

As the investigation continues and the outbreak persists, the facility has agreed to cease new admissions. The Wanaque Center is also offering professional grief counseling to anyone impacted.

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