8th child dies in viral outbreak at New Jersey rehabilitation center

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 31, 2018

New Jersey health officials say they've confirmed four more cases of adenovirus in an outbreak at a pediatric rehabilitation center that killed seven people.

The Department of Health does not currently have laboratory confirmation of adenovirus in this child, so the total number of confirmed adenovirus cases associated with this outbreak remains at 23 - although there have now been eight deaths. The person, whose identity was not disclosed, had already been ill, so the diagnosis does not necessarily mean the virus continues to spread, according to Donna Leusner, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health.

Rep. Holly Schepisi, R-Passaic County, also pledged to introduce legislation to require healthcare facilities like Wanaque to notify family members within 24 hours of an infection outbreak or health emergency involving patients.

Seven children who died of the virus were all in a respiratory unit where patients receive long-term help with breathing.

Adenoviruses generally pose a low risk to healthy people and usually cause mild cold- or flu-like symptoms, such as a sore throat, fever, cough, and sneezing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is assisting with lab testing and expertise. The strain found in the New Jersey juvenile rehabilitation center is among the strongest ones as it can cause severe respiratory illnesses, especially in people with weak immune systems.

A team of health officials has been at the health facility all week monitoring the infection.

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