HASKELL, New Jersey (WABC) – New Jersey health officials say tests have confirmed four more cases in a viral outbreak…
HASKELL, New Jersey (WABC) –
The state Department of Health on Friday confirmed the additional case of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, Passaic County, bringing the total number of cases to 23.
A health department spokesman said all of these individuals had already been sick, so the diagnoses do not necessarily mean the virus is still spreading.
“The strain of adenovirus seen in this outbreak is associated with community living arrangements and known to cause severe illness, “a statement read. “The department continues to work very closely with the facility to ensure that all infection control measures are being followed.” An outbreak investigation, with assistance from the CDC, is ongoing. “
The state became aware of the outbreak back on October 9 og har arbejdet med CDC, men forældre af patienter nået til Eyewitness News til at klage om en mangel på gennemsigtighed. Én foreldre af en syg barn sa hun bare lært af utbruddet ved å se på nyhetene og at de aldri ble fortalt om alvorligheden av situationen. She said a nurse downplayed the situation, saying her daughter had a fever and was given medication due to “a little virus going around” similar to the common cold.
Meanwhile, the parents of a 1
6-year-old girl who died Are trying to come to grips with their loss. Kristine Poulos said the girl was diagnosed with adenovirus on October 5 after she was transferred to St. Joseph’s Hospital for treatment.
“I’m angry,” Poulos said. “I think what it is, I need to know more information. I like facts. “
After critical care at St. Joseph’s, the girl was transferred back to Wanaque, where she died Tuesday morning.
” She just does not want to know what happened, “Poulos said. . “
The Wanaque Center is also offering professional grief counseling to anyone affected.
Adenoviruses usually cause mild illnesses, but the health department says this outbreak is particularly severe because it affects children with severely compromised immune systems.  “This strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living facilities,” the department said in a statement. “The combination of a worse strain of adenovirus together with a fragile population has led to a more severe outbreak.”
The conditions of the other 11 victims are unknown. The facility has been instructed to not admit any new patients until the outbreak ends.
“Adenovirus is very contagious virus,” said Dr. Sejal Bhavsar, of Hackensack University Medical Center. “Men i disse situationer, de er meget smitsomme i langtidsanlæg fordi de ofte transporteres ved sneezing og coughing, men også de partikler som er gået fra sneezing og coughing land på andre objekter. Og andre mennesker går og berører det og “Then touch their mouths without washing their hands.”
A health department team remains at the facility, and an inspection team was initially there Sunday. The team on Sunday found minor hand-washing deficiencies, and the department is continuing to work closely with the facility on infection control issues.
“I am heartbroken by the news that several children have lost their lives in an adenovirus outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, and pray for the full recovery of the other children impacted, “Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement. “I have been briefed by (Health Commissioner) Dr. (Shereef) Elnahal, who has assured me that the Department of Health has recommended vital measures to enhance protection against the further spread of infection and will continue its active on-site surveillance. “
Wanaque Center Administrator Rowena Bautista issued the following statement:
” The Wanaque is a member of the Wanaque Center. The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation has recently experienced some cases of the Adenovirus in its pediatric unit. The facility promptly notified all appropriate government agencies when the virus was initially identified, including the New Jersey Department of Health, The Passaic County Department of Health, The Communicable Disease Service and the Centers for Disease Control. The Wanaque Center continues to fully cooperate with these agencies and has sought out their medical guidance with respect to the virus. As a result, facility staff have diligently implemented all available infection control and prevention measures to protect the health and safety of the Wanaque Center’s residents. “
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an email that it is providing technical assistance to the state.
In the past 10 years, the CDC spokeswoman Kate Fowlie said in an email, though it’s unclear how the disease has been reported many deaths there have been.
A scientific paper cited by the CDC reported that a 1998 outbreak of type 7 adenovirus at a pediatric chronic care facility in Chicago claimed the lives of eight patients. The 2001 paper said civilian outbreaks of the type 7 infectie was niet vaak gerapporteerd als gevolg van een gebrek aan laboratoriumresources, en dat de volledige impact op chronische zorgfaciliteiten en ziekenhuizen waarschijnlijk onderschat is.
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