9th child dies from adenovirus outbreak at New Jersey facility

31 October, 2018, 13:58 | Author: Joshua Bennett
  • Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

The new diagnosis brings the total number of cases at the facility to 25.

Eight deaths at the facility have been confirmed as adenovirus-related. A staff member also became ill but has recovered, the health department said.

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.

"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.

Similarly, the states' health department also ensures that it is working very closely with the facility to monitor the illness outbreak, and to ensure that all infection control measures are being followed.

Both the staff at the facility as well as state authorities are continuous in the efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

She also said the centre is working with the state Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in addition to offering professional grief counsellors and setting up a 24/7 hotline.

The illness, identified as adenovirus 7, poses the most significant risk to patients with weakened immune systems or existing respiratory and cardiac disease. The outbreak won't be declared over until the center can go four weeks without patients being newly infected.

At the hospital, the state health department earlier said it found four Acinetobacter baumannii cases since October 1.

Rowena Bautista, the administrator of the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, said Thursday in a statement the community "feels a tremendous sense of loss". Symptoms may include common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye, fever, bladder inflammation or infection, inflammation of the stomach and intestines and neurological disease.

"Am I angry? I think what it is I need to know information".

A health department spokesman said: "The strain of adenovirus seen in this outbreak is associated with communal living arrangements and known to cause severe illness".



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