9th Child Dead From Flu-Like Adenovirus Outbreak at New Jersey Center

Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

This latest death was a confirmed case of adenovirus, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

An eighth child's death on Friday afternoon was associated with the outbreak, Leusner said.

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

The New Jersey Department of Health says the medically fragile child with a respiratory illness died Saturday evening at a hospital.

"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 press release.

Health officials found minor hand-washing deficiencies at the facility during visits last week, and have been working with the center on infection-control issues, the health department said.

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

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

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

On Friday, an eighth child was confirmed dead following the viral outbreak, but officials say they do not now have laboratory confirmation of adenovirus in this child that's killed other pediatric patients at the facility. "But they can also cause conjunctivitis and, particularly in children, diarrhea".

The first report was made September 26, and health officials began to survey the facility on October 10.

"The facility has agreed to cease new admissions for the duration of the outbreak", the department said.

There have been 25 total cases of the virus at the facility.

In rare cases among people with weakened immune systems, the viruses may cause pneumonia or inflammation of the brain and the tissues around it.

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 CDC is also investigating the outbreak.

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