The child lived in the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, about 30 miles west of Manhattan, where a new adenovirus case was confirmed on Thursday night, announced the New Jersey Department of Health.
All children in connection with the outbreak at the plant have seriously compromised the immune system and other serious medical problems, making them more susceptible to infection. They became ill between 26 September and 1
2 November. An employee was also infected but recovered, officials said.
Police cruisers are parked near the entrance to the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey.
“The sorrow for loss of a child is overwhelming and we extend our deepest sympathy to this family and all families who have had to endure these terrible losses,” says Health Commissioner. Shereef Elnahal in a statement.
One reason for the spread of the virus at the plant was lack of space to distinguish them with symptoms from them, but Elnahal said.
“Until this week, it has not been possible to completely differentiate these patients,” Elnahal told a press conference. “But now it’s due to decreasing census at the plant.”
Health officials ordered that the plant will not receive any new intrusion and that all patients must be separated before Wednesday.
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Dozens of children have become ill of an outbreak of adenovirus at the plant.
The type 7 adenovirus strain usually causes respiratory diseases and is not uncommon in municipal settings like nursing homes and military bases. A vaccine is available to the tribe, although the children in Haskell’s medical facility could not receive it because of their compromised immune system, the health department said.
It takes two to 14 days after being exposed to the virus for symptoms to appear. The outbreak will be declared if no new infections are confirmed after four weeks, officials said.
The outbreak was first reported to the Ministry of Health on October 9th. By the end of the month, state health officials said they inspected the plant and determined that there were shortcomings but said none of them indicated substandard care.
“Every year in the state there are hundreds of outbreaks in health centers,” Elnahal said in a press release after the inspection. “Outbreaks of facilities are not always preventive, but best practices can be used to minimize the chance of emerging among the most vulnerable patients in New Jersey.”
New Jersey Senate plans to hear the next few weeks to see how the outbreak is spreading at the facility. Staten Sen. Joseph Vitale (D), chairman of Senate Health, Human Services and Senate, has expressed concern over not only the facility but also the state’s response, reported NJ.com.