Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

9th child dies from adenovirus outbreak at New Jersey facility

9th child dies from adenovirus outbreak at New Jersey facility

An eighth child has died at a New Jersey rehabilitation center where 23 people have been infected in a deadly viral outbreak, state health officials said on Friday.

They said the unidentified child who died Saturday evening at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell was "medically fragile", CBS News reported.

The teams will assess infection prevention practices and deploy beginning in November, according to Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal.

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

The first report was made September 26, and health officials began to survey the facility on October 10.

The affected children in the facility's pediatric ventilator unit had severely compromised immune systems, including respiratory problems, before the outbreak began, according to the agency. The department can not confirm that the death of an individual who died Friday afternoon was related to the outbreak, officials said.

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

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Among the 25 confirmed adenovirus cases among residents, there have been eight pediatric deaths confirmed with adenovirus, according to the NJ Health Department.

The agency says the most recent individual became sick on or before October 22, which remains the last day when a patient showed new symptoms.

The strain of adenovirus is associated with communal living arrangements, it said.

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

"As part of an ongoing effort to ensure all infection control measures are followed, we are taking extra steps to monitor residents and staff for any signs of infectious illness", Elnahal explained. During a site visit last week, inspectors identified "hand-washing deficiencies", and state health officials have barred the center from admitting new patients until the outbreak is past.

"The facility has agreed to cease new admissions for the duration of the outbreak", the department said. The CDC is also investigating the outbreak.

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