9th death reported at pediatric center amid viral outbreak

Spencer Underwood
October 31, 2018

Health officials confirmed the presence of adenovirus 7 at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, located in Haskell, New Jersey, where 6 kids have died in the viral outbreak.

There have been 25 confirmed pediatric adenovirus cases at Wanaque, including the eight child deaths. Adenovirus hasn't been confirmed in another person who died Friday afternoon.

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

Another child is dead as a result of an ongoing outbreak at the Wanaque Center For Nursing And Rehabilitation in New Jersey.

"This is a tragic situation, and our thoughts are with the families who are grieving right now", Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in a statement released on Sunday.

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

USA health officials have confirmed another case of a virus that has left eight children dead at a paediatric rehabilitation centre.

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

The outbreak will not be declared over until the centre can go four weeks without patients being newly infected.

Adenovirus is a respiratory virus that can cause mild or serious illness, though serious illness is less common.

The department is continuing to investigate the outbreak. "The strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living arrangements and can be more severe".

In the same report, the New Jersey spokeswoman Nicole Kirgan said children are particularly at risk with this virus.

Adenoviruses, of which there are 52 different strains, are common causes of respiratory illnesses and most infections aren't severe, according to the CDC.

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

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