Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Six children dead, 12 sick in viral outbreak at New Jersey facility

Viral Outbreak at New Jersey Rehabilitation Center Leaves 6 Children Dead Viral Outbreak at New Jersey Rehabilitation Center Leaves 6 Children Dead
Ben Pena | 24 October, 2018, 05:58

According to the New Jersey Department of Health, there have been 18 cases of adenovirus among pediatric residents at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, located in Haskell.

"This strain of virus tends to cause outbreaks in centers of communal living and has. unfortunately led to deaths", Dr. Shereef Elnahal, the state's health department commissioner, said on Twitter.

Adenoviruses usually just cause mild illnesses.

The origin of the outbreak at the Wanaque Center remains unclear, but officials told NorthJersey.com the facility notified them of some respiratory illnesses on October 9. A team was sent back Tuesday.

An investigation into the outbreak is underway. "As a result, facility staff have diligently implemented all available infection control and prevention measures in order to protect the health and safety of the Wanaque Center's residents".

They are the cause of several infections including the common cold, respiratory tract infections, pink eye, diarrhea, bronchiolitis and pneumonia. The department is not releasing exact ages of any patients because of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and privacy reasons, Kirgan said.

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The facility notified the state's health department of respiratory illnesses October 9.

Wanaque Center is a pediatric and adult short- and long-term care facility. The team on Sunday found minor handwashing deficiencies and the Health Department is continuing to work closely with the facility on infection control issues.

PHOTO: Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, N.J, is pictured in this undated image from Google.

The center's administrator says its fully cooperating with county, state and federal agencies and has sought out their medical guidance with respect to the virus.

A scientific paper cited by the CDC reported that a 1998 outbreak of type 7 adenovirus at a pediatric chronic-care facility in Chicago claimed the lives of eight patients.

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