Officials confirm new viral case amid outbreak

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 5, 2018

A tenth person has died at a pediatric rehabilitation center amid an outbreak of a respiratory virus, New Jersey health officials said.

"To date, the individuals associated with the outbreak became ill between September 26 and October 29", according to the health department.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control was assisting state health officials with testing for the respiratory virus.

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

Health authorities are involved in an active investigation of the adenovirus outbreak, and as a result it is possible lab tests will confirm additional cases.

The New Jersey Department of Health has confirmed that a 10th child has fallen victim to adenovirus infection at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell.

While the age of the 10th child who died was not given, the ages of the first nine patients who succumbed to the virus ranged from toddler to young adults, a lot of them under 18.

In both cases, the children have not been identified because of privacy concerns, but most are under age 18 and have extremely fragile immune systems.

Poulos's daughter, who had required breathing and feeding tubes as part of her normal care, was transferred to another hospital with a fever but was later transferred back to the Wanaque facility, where she died last week.

The facility announced it will not admit new residents for the duration of the outbreak.

However, on Tuesday the department said in a statement that an unannounced inspection October 21 found that "the facility had deficiencies that did not indicate substandard care was delivered".

The outbreak appears to be confined to the facility's respiratory unit, he added.

The strain found in the Wanaque rehab center outbreak is called type 7 and is among the more potent types. Some strains also cause diarrhea and conjunctivitis. The outbreak was reported to authorities October 9, the state health department said.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE