Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

6 children dead from adenovirus at care facility in New Jersey

6 children dead from adenovirus at care facility in New Jersey

The children involved have "severely compromised immune systems" rendering them more susceptible to the virus, the health department said.

PHOTO: Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, N.J, is pictured in this undated image from Google.

The New Jersey Department of Health announced Tuesday that six children died as a result of an outbreak of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

New patients are being barred from going to the facility until the outbreak is over.

An infected person can spread an adenovirus by close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, through the air by coughing and sneezing, and by leaving the virus on objects that others then touch, the CDC said.

Different strains of adenoviruses can cause a range of illnesses, including common cold symptoms, bronchitis, pneumonia and diarrhoea.

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It also offers an adult nursing home and rehabilitation center for either short-term or long-term care. Of these 18 cases, there have unfortunately been six deaths of pediatric residents, according to WABC.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, type 7 is most commonly associated with acute respiratory disease.

The health facility in Haskell is privately owned.

State health officials continue to investigate the outbreak, but initial investigations turned up "minor handwashing deficiencies" at Wanaque.

"The facility promptly notified all appropriate government agencies when the virus was initially identified, including the New Jersey Department of Health, the Passaic County Department of Health, the Communicable Disease Service and the Centers for Disease Control", the statement says.

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