10th child dies from adenovirus outbreak at NJ medical facility

Tenth patient dies after viral infection at N.J. nursing center

Tenth patient dies after viral infection at N.J. nursing center

The Wanaque Center, which includes a pediatric center, has been instructed not to admit new patients until the outbreak ends, health officials have said.

The children became ill between September 26 and October 29, leading to 10 children dying and other pediatric patients with severely compromised immune systems fighting for their lives.

According to health department spokeswoman Nicole Kirgan, state health officials were notified of respiratory illness at the facility on October 9, and the facility notified parents 10 days later, on October 19.

Adenoviruses can cause a wide range of illnesses, including the common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye, fever, bladder infection, inflammation of the stomach or neurologic diseases.

Meanwhile, the state says there are four confirmed adenovirus cases among pediatric patients at Voorhees Pediatric Facility, near Philadelphia.

An additional "medically fragile child" who had a confirmed case of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation died Wednesday night, the state's health department said. At least one of the victims was a young adult. But it can be serious in people with weakened immune systems, like those at the centre. "The affected children had severely compromised immune systems - including respiratory problems - before the outbreak began".

Officials have said there is not a wider public health concern stemming from the outbreak.

A team of infection control experts was scheduled to visit the Wanaque center in November "to conduct training and assessments of infection control procedures", the state health department stated.

Elnahal had earlier said all the cases of the outbreak occurred in a respiratory, or ventilator, unit.

The 227-bed, for-profit facility, which is closed to new patients, has a pediatric center and also cares for elderly residents.

"It can be hard to impossible to know how the virus got to the facility, what its source was, or what its specific mechanism of spread is from person to person", Elnahal said.

The strain found in the Wanaque rehab center outbreak is called type 7 and is among the more potent types. The outbreak was reported to authorities October 9, the state health department said.

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