HACKENSACK – Two more children in a medical facility in Wanaque were diagnosed this weekend with adenovirus, which killed 10…
HACKENSACK – Two more children in a medical facility in Wanaque were diagnosed this weekend with adenovirus, which killed 10 medically fragile children at the plant since the outbreak began in late September, health officials reported.
The two children bring the total number of childhood diseases at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation to 33 years.
The health department will not reveal how many sick-sick children are still at Wanaque Center and how many have been taken to hospitals. But the two new cases confirm that the virus is still spreading among residents in the plant’s fan.
Dr. Shereef Elnahal, the state health commissioner, has been reluctant to move the resettlement of residents to other facilities fearing they could spread the virus to another facility. Complicates things further: there are only four children’s homes in New Jersey. Wanaque and another plant in Voorhees have outbreaks of adenovirus, and the other two have capacity with important waiting lists.
An outbreak is considered to be exceeded when two consecutive two week incubation periods have passed. If no new cases are identified, the outbreak will be reviewed during the second full week of December.
At the same time, health officials reported that another child was ill with a milder form of adenovirus on a long-term care in Vorhees. It gives the total number of cases to eight at that facility. Nobody has died there.
8 The Record (Hackensack, NJ)
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