Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Ninth child dies from adenovirus at medical center

Ninth child dies from adenovirus at medical center

A ninth person has died at a pediatric rehabilitation center amid an outbreak of a respiratory virus, New Jersey health officials said.

The New Jersey Department of Health says the medically fragile child with a respiratory illness died Saturday evening at a hospital.

There have been 25 total cases of the virus at the facility.

The teams will assess infection prevention practices and deploy beginning in November, according to Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal.

"We are working every day to ensure all infection control protocols are continuously followed and closely monitoring the situation at the facility", he said.

Adenovirus frequently causes mild to severe illness with cold-like symptoms, particularly in young children. It is believed that the individuals who became ill contracted the virus between September 26 and October 22.

Twenty-five pediatric cases of adenovirus have been connected to the outbreak at this facility, officials said.

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The agency said the most recent individual became sick on or before October 22, which remains the last day when a patient showed new symptoms.

"Unfortunately, the particular strain of adenovirus (#7) in this outbreak is affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems".

"To date, confirmed cases became ill between September 26 and October 22", according to a health department statement.

Symptoms include a sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, fever, and neurologic disease.

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".

The teen - who has been a longterm care patient at the facility for four years - was apparently diagnosed with the virus several days before the NJ Health Department was notified of the outbreak, the WABC article says.

"The facility has agreed to cease new admissions for the duration of the outbreak", the department said.

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