Officials identify 26th case of viral outbreak

Phillip Cunningham
October 31, 2018

A ninth child has died in a New Jersey rehabilitation facility that is now suffering an adenovirus outbreak, according to officials.

The New Jersey Department of Health said in a news release that "another medically fragile child" who had a confirmed case of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation died Saturday night.

Among the 25 confirmed adenovirus cases among residents, there have been eight pediatric deaths confirmed with adenovirus, according to the NJ Health Department.

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

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. A staff member at the facility also became ill as part of the outbreak but has since recovered. They ranged in age "from a toddler through young adults, but most are under 18". The child had become ill before October 22, according to officials. Some strains also cause diarrhea and conjunctivitis. "This is an active investigation of an outbreak of adenovirus so it is possible that lab tests will confirm additional cases".

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

"Facility outbreaks are not always preventable, but in response to what we have seen in Wanaque, we are taking aggressive steps to minimize the chance they occur among the most vulnerable patients in New Jersey", Elnahal said in a statement.

The highly contagious adenovirus poses little to risk to healthy people.

A ninth child has died at a pediatric rehabilitation center in New Jersey due to an outbreak of a respiratory virus, officials announced Sunday. The CDC is also investigating the outbreak.

The viruses, unlike the flu, are not seasonal and can cause illness throughout the year.

Adenovirus frequently causes mild to severe illness with cold-like symptoms, particularly in young children. Type 7 is most commonly associated with acute respiratory disease, according to the CDC.

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