Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Medical | By Mark Scott

Ninth person dies after infection at NJ nursing center

Ninth person dies after infection at NJ nursing center

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 said later Monday there have been 26 adenovirus cases confirmed at the center.

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

One staff member was also diagnosed but has since made a full recovery, officials said.

The child, whose name has not been released, died late Saturday night at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey.

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."Adenoviruses are a family of viruses that account for about 5 to 10 percent of fevers in young children, but most patients recover". But officials say this outbreak is particularly severe because it's affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems.

The facility has since stopped admitting new residents as long as the outbreak is ongoing.

Adenovirus usually poses little risk for healthy people and typically causes mild cold or flu symptoms. "But they can also cause conjunctivitis and, particularly in children, diarrhea". It said it did not have laboratory confirmation of adenovirus in the child.

A health department spokesman said: "The strain of adenovirus seen in this outbreak is associated with communal living arrangements and known to cause severe illness".

The department said it is an active outbreak investigation and lab tests could confirm additional cases.

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

The viruses themselves are also "resistant to many common disinfectants and can remain infectious for long periods on environmental surfaces and medical instruments", the CDC says.

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