Nine Children Die After Virus Spreads at New Jersey Healthcare Center

Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

New Jersey health officials say they've confirmed another case of adenovirus in an outbreak at a pediatric rehabilitation center that left nine people dead.

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

A total of 25 pediatric cases have been associated with the outbreak. "We are working every day to ensure all infection control protocols are continuously followed and closely monitoring the situation at the facility."Adenoviruses are a family of viruses that account for about 5 to 10 percent of fevers in young children, but most patients recover".

Adenoviruses frequently cause mild to severe illness with cold-like symptoms, particularly in young children.

The first symptoms showed up September 26, and the state was notified of an outbreak October 9, officials said.

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. Adenovirus hasn't been confirmed in another person who died Friday afternoon. The most recent outbreak of the illness at the facility, about 32 miles (50 km) northwest of New York City, was October 22.

"As part of an ongoing effort to ensure all infection control measures are followed, we are taking extra steps to monitor residents and staff for any signs of infectious illness", Elnahal explained. "Often people become ill for many reasons, especially these medically fragile children who had respiratory problems as part of their underlying medical conditions".

The state health department has sent a team of investigators to the facility to determine the cause of the outbreak. During a site visit last week, inspectors identified "hand-washing deficiencies", and state health officials have barred the center from admitting new patients until the outbreak is past.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.