Adenovirus outbreak claims 9th child at New Jersey facility

Adenovirus outbreak claims 9th child at New Jersey facility

Adenovirus outbreak claims 9th child at New Jersey facility

Seven other children have died and 16 others who have survived all contracted adenovirus while being treated at the Wanaque Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center in Haskell, according to the Department of Health.

A ninth child has died at a New Jersey rehabilitation facility following a viral outbreak.

A total of 25 pediatric cases have been associated with the outbreak. A staff member also became ill, and there have been eight pediatric deaths.

The latest death occurred Friday when a child succumbed to adenovirus, according to officials.

Those affected range in age from toddlers to young adults, with the vast majority under age 18.

Adenovirus causes severe flu-like symptoms but can be even more unsafe than the typical flu virus.

The health department said this week the facility had been "instructed not to admit any new patients until the outbreak ends and they are in full compliance".

The outbreak, caused by adenovirus type 7, "is affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems".

"This is a tragic situation, and our thoughts are with the families who are grieving right now", New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in a press release. They also note this strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living facilities.

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

The department is continuing to investigate the outbreak.

The state Department of Health Communicable Disease Service has been on site monitoring the outbreak.

The bacterium can cause pneumonia or serious blood or wound infections. Adenoviruses usually just cause mild illnesses.

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.

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