Ninth death reported at pediatric center amid viral outbreak

31 October, 2018, 13:57 | Author: Norman Carr
  • 9th child dies in adenovirus outbreak at NJ health facility, Health Department confirms

A ninth child has died in an adenovirus outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation center, state health officials said Sunday.

The patient was one of 25 sickened by an outbreak of a respiratory virus called adenovirus, which swept through Wanaque between September 26 and October 22, mainly affecting patients in the pediatric ventilator unit.

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

The child, whose name has not been released, died late Saturday night at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey.

He added: "The department continues to work very closely with the facility to ensure that all infection control measures are being followed".

Health Department spokeswoman Donna Leusner said Thursday the person had already been ill so the diagnosis does not necessarily mean the virus is still spreading.

Adenovirus usually poses little risk for healthy people and typically causes mild cold or flu symptoms.




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.

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

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control was assisting state health officials with testing and "expertise", according to the New Jersey Department. The children range in age from toddlers to young adults. "The strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living arrangements and can be more severe".

Both the staff at the facility as well as state authorities are continuous in the efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

The department said it is an active outbreak investigation and lab tests could confirm additional cases.

In a review by the government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Wanaque was awarded an above-average ranking in overall quality but was given a below-average health inspection rating.

Symptoms include a sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, fever, and neurologic disease.

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