Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

10th child dies from adenovirus outbreak in New Jersey

10th child dies from adenovirus outbreak in New Jersey

A 10th child has died as a result of the severe viral outbreak that has recently swept a New Jersey rehabilitation center, officials said.

New Jersey health officials say they've confirmed a new case associated with an adenovirus outbreak at a pediatric rehabilitation centre.

The child had fallen ill prior to October 22, the New Jersey Department of Health said in a statement late on Wednesday.

Adenovirus usually poses little risk for healthy people.

Patients at a second New Jersey pediatric facility have been found to have a respiratory virus, but authorities say it's a different strain from the one linked to nine deaths.

Most of the patients who died were children who used wheelchairs and breathed with the help of ventilators at the Wanaque Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation in Haskell, Passaic County.

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While the age of the 10th child who died was not given, the ages of the first nine patients who succumbed to the virus ranged from toddler to young adults, majority under 18. The facility has agreed not to accept new patients as the outbreak is investigated, the health department said.

Officials have said there is not a wider public health concern stemming from the outbreak.

"Now that the report is finalized, certain findings raise questions about whether these general long-term care standards are optimal for this vulnerable population of medically fragile children", Elnahal said.

Last week, an additional statement by the facility said the health department "continues to work very closely with the facility to ensure that all infection control measures are being followed".

"It can be hard to impossible to know how the virus got to the facility, what its source was, or what its specific mechanism of spread is from person to person", Elnahal said.

The department says 27 cases have been associated with the respiratory virus at the centre. Other types of adenovirus infections can cause flu-like symptoms, pink eye and diarrhea.

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