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By Dennis Romero
One tenth child has died after an outbreak of adenovirus at a New Jersey pediatric rehabilitation facility. State health officials announced late Wednesday.
The dead, along with 1
7 children who have become ill, have all been “associated” with the outbreak of adenovirus infections that usually only cause cold or flu-like symptoms but which can be fatal to those with weak immune defenses according to the state department of health.
The deceased and surviving patients are described in a statement as “medically fragile”. The facility, Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, provides long-term pediatric care, said state health officials.
Police cruiser is parked near the entrance to the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in October 23, 2018, in Haskell, New Jersey. Julio Cortez / AP
“The loss of these young lives is heartbreaking,” said New Jersey health commissioner, Dr. Shereef Elnahal, in a statement. “We work close to the facility to monitor airway monitoring and ensure that all protocols for infection control are monitored continuously.”
The US Center for Disease Control assists state health officials with testing for the respiratory virus. The facility has agreed not to accept new patients because the outbreak is being investigated, the health department said.
The names of the dead have not been released.
State health experts believe that the children are exposed between 26 September and 29 October, but symptoms may occur as many as 14 days after exposure. The outbreak was reported to the authorities on October 9, the State Department said.
New Jersey Health officials said earlier that Wanaque was quoted in 2016 and 2017 for washing defects, improper storage of syringes, failure to disinfect surfaces and other problems. 19659007] But on Tuesday, the department said in a statement that an unannounced inspection on October 21 found that “the facility had shortcomings that did not indicate substandard care was delivered.”
On Wednesday, health officials said they had ruled out a connection between the Wanaque outbreak and one affecting children at the Voorhees Pediatric Facility in Voorhees.
A team of infection control experts planned to visit the Wanaque Center in November “to conduct training and assessment of infection control procedures” the health department is stated.