Ninth child dies in deadly viral outbreak in New Jersey

Ninth child dies in deadly viral outbreak in New Jersey

The Westchester mother of a 16-year-old girl who was among seven dead in an adenovirus outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in North Jersey is demanding answers, ABC7 reports.

The department confirmed 25 pediatric cases have been associated with the outbreak.

"This latest death was an individual who had a confirmed case of adenovirus and had become ill before October 22", explains health officials. A staff member at the facility also became ill, but has since recovered.

The state's health department said "another medically fragile child" who had a confirmed case of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation died Saturday night.

The teams will assess infection prevention practices and deploy beginning in November, according to Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. "We are working every day to ensure all infection control protocols are continuously followed and closely monitoring the situation at the facility".

The children affected were previously described in a health department statement as "medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems".

In a statement, the facility said it "promptly notified all appropriate government agencies when the virus was initially identified".

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Adenovirus causes severe flu-like symptoms but can be even more unsafe than the typical flu virus.

Twenty-five pediatric cases of adenovirus have been connected to the outbreak at this facility, officials said. They also note this strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living facilities.

No new residents are being admitted for the duration of the outbreak, which won't be declared over until the center can go four weeks without any new cases. That said, investigations on the outbreak are ongoing, and so are the measures to prevent the further spread of the virus. Some strains also cause diarrhea and pinkeye.

Symptoms include a sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, fever, and neurologic disease.

"Am I angry? I think what it is I need to know information".

"They cause principally a whole bunch of minor troublesome infections spread by children, often from children to adults", he said.

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