10th death linked to adenovirus infection in New Jersey rehab facility

Maricruz Casares
Noviembre 4, 2018

So far, those affected by the virus had become ill between September 26 and October 29, the statement said.

The child was a resident at Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell and contracted adenovirus 7 before October 22, New Jersey Health Department officials said in a news release. Twenty-six kids and a staff member, who has since recovered, have become ill as part of the outbreak, state health officials said.

"The loss of these young lives is heartbreaking, and our thoughts are with the families who are affected", Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in a statement.

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

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.

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

Downey added allegations about rusted equipment and filthy conditions at the facility indicate a blatant disregard for patient safety.

The New Jersey Department of Health is working with Camden County health officials and Voorhees' administrators to control the outbreak and identify other cases. But, the department says, that's not a surprise since the disease has a long incubation period of up to two weeks. The team will visit University Hospital, Wanaque Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation in Haskell, Voorhees Pediatric Facility in Voorhees, and Children's Specialized Hospital in Toms River and Mountainside.

They rarely cause serious problems in healthy people, but those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In one instance on October 21, after the onset of the outbreak, a licensed nurse touched a patient's tracheotomy tube and a ventilator machine without gloves, the report stated.

To date, 27 children have been infected with adenovirus at the center, officials said.

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