9th Child Dies Following Viral Outbreak At New Jersey Rehabilitation Facility

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

An adenovirus outbreak at a New Jersey pediatric rehabilitation center has left nine children dead, officials said on Sunday Oct. 28.

The department said that the facility, which includes a pediatric center, had agreed not to admit new patients until the outbreak ended.

The child who died Saturday was medically-fragile with a respiratory illness and had a confirmed case of adenovirus before October 22, the Health Department said.

"We are working every day to ensure all infection control protocols are continuously followed and closely monitoring the situation at the facility", he said.

The children affected were previously described in a health department statement as "medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems".

While noting that the adenovirus vaccine is only available for United States military personnel, the CDC said that to prevent the spread of the virus wash hands often, avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and avoid close contact with people who have the virus.

Adenoviruses frequently cause mild to severe illness with cold-like symptoms, particularly in young children. "The strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living arrangements and can be more severe", according to the health department.

Her mother says she was not made aware of the outbreak until Monday, the day before her daughter died and nearly three weeks after she was admitted to St. Joseph's Medical Center, NorthJersey.com reports.

One of the teams will be deployed to the Wanaque Centre for Nursing and Rehabilitation in November. Some strains also cause diarrhea and pinkeye.

In rare cases among people with weakened immune systems, the viruses may cause pneumonia or inflammation of the brain and the tissues around it. The CDC is also investigating the outbreak.

Still, Schaffner doesn't think people need to be anxious about adenoviruses.

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.

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