Eighth child dies at New Jersey center hit by viral outbreak


A ninth child has died in a New Jersey rehabilitation facility that is now suffering an adenovirus outbreak, according to officials.

The department said that the facility, which includes a pediatric center, had agreed not to admit new patients until the outbreak ended.

Adenovirus has not been confirmed in another person who died Friday afternoon, officials said.

The "medically fragile" child, whose identity was not made public, died late Saturday at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, N.J., just one day after the facility's eighth death.

"This is a tragic situation, and our thoughts are with the families who are grieving right now", New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in a statement.

The Health Department says an inspection team found "minor handwashing deficiencies", and they continue to work closely with the nursing and rehab center on infection control issues.

The teen - who has been a longterm care patient at the facility for four years - was apparently diagnosed with the virus several days before the NJ Health Department was notified of the outbreak, the WABC article says.

The viruses are known to persist on unclean surfaces and medical instruments, and may not be eliminated by common disinfectants, but they rarely cause severe illness in healthy people.

This strain of adenovirus has been associated with communal living. The CDC is also investigating the outbreak.

The state health department has sent a team of investigators to the facility to determine the cause of the outbreak.

Twenty-five pediatric cases of adenovirus have been connected to the outbreak at this facility, officials said.

A ninth child has died at a New Jersey rehabilitation facility following a viral outbreak.

Adenoviruses, of which there are 52 different strains, are common causes of respiratory illnesses and most infections aren't severe, according to the CDC.

The marquee outside the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, N.J.is pictured October 23, 2018.

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