Eight children dead after adenovirus outbreak at medical centre in New Jersey

Ninth child dies following viral outbreak at New Jersey health care facility

Ninth child dies following viral outbreak at New Jersey health care facility

New Jersey health officials say tests have confirmed a 19th patient has been infected in a viral outbreak at a pediatric rehabilitation centre that has killed seven people.

The Health Department said in a statement Monday the new diagnosis brings the total number of adenovirus cases at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation to 26.

There have been 25 cases associated with the outbreak. "We are working every day to ensure all infection control protocols are continuously followed and closely monitoring the situation at the facility".

Adenovirus causes severe flu-like symptoms but can be even more risky than the typical flu virus.

The first symptoms showed up September 26, and the state was notified of an outbreak October 9, officials said.

A staff member at the facility also fell ill during the outbreak, but has since recovered.

The outbreak has attacked children who were already weak with severely compromised immune systems, officials said.

The most recent date of illness onset was October 22, and it is believed that those sickened became ill between September 26 and October 22.

Another will be sent to the University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, where a premature baby died amid a bacterial infection.

This strain of adenovirus has been associated with communal living.

The infection can cause other illnesses, including pneumonia, diarrhea and bronchitis, the department said.

The teen - who has been a longterm care patient at the facility for four years - was apparently diagnosed with the virus several days before the NJ Health Department was notified of the outbreak, the WABC article says. The strain of adenovirus in the outbreak is linked to "communal living arrangements" and can be especially unsafe to people with weakened immune systems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is assisting with the outbreak at the facility, and the Department of Health Communicable Disease Service is on site as well.

The department is continuing to investigate the outbreak.

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