Ninth child dies in New Jersey facility suffering viral outbreak

Ninth child dies following viral outbreak at New Jersey health care facility

According to the health department, a total of 25 pediatric cases have been associated with the adenovirus outbreak. It is awaiting laboratory confirmation of adenoviruses in a child who died Friday.

The 227-bed, for-profit facility has a pediatric center and also cares for elderly residents.

The "medically fragile" unnamed child died overnight at Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, just two days after the facility announced the death of an eighth child.

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

The Health Department says an inspection team found "minor handwashing deficiencies", and they continue to work closely with the nursing and rehab center on infection control issues.

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.

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

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

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

The facility said that it would not admit new residents for the duration of the outbreak.

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

The marquee outside the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, N.J.is pictured October 23, 2018. Some strains also cause diarrhea and conjunctivitis.

Symptoms include a sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, fever, and neurologic disease. The CDC is also investigating the outbreak.

"Am I angry? I think what it is I need to know information, I like facts", Poulous told WABC.

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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