But when Elizabeth Poulos – who could not speak and struggled with lifelong respiratory distress, stomach problems and seizures –…
But when Elizabeth Poulos – who could not speak and struggled with lifelong respiratory distress, stomach problems and seizures – died on Tuesday. The 16-year-old became the latest accident for an outbreak of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey, who has claimed the life of seven children and sick a dozen more.
Who left Deleg, 52 wondered why the private care center did not tell her about the outbreak until Monday – almost three weeks after Elizabeth was admitted to St. Joseph’s University Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey, and just one day before she died.
Deleg in Ossining, New York, has never had a problem with her daughter’s care and said she was blind in the sudden decline.  ► Oct. 24: Sixth child dies from adenovirus long-term care center in New Jersey
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“I have never suspected any signs of trouble,” she said. “That’s why I’m really shocked.”
“You know these children are weak. It’s not like you and me,” said Deleg.
Elizabeth Poulos – unable to talk and struggle with lifelong respiratory distress, stomach problems and seizures – died October 23, 2018 due to an outbreak of adenovirus at Haskell, New Jersey, long-term care center where she lived. “It was definitely a breakdown in communication … When you deal with this kind of situation and you are dealing with these children who are so fragile, that’s something you must do directly, said Deleg. “I did not know the extent until literally the day she passed.”
How the virus rushed into the 227-bed facility, which provides treatment for severely weakened and medically fragile children, including about 25 miles northwest of New York City, is hard to know, officials from the New Jersey Health Department said Wednesday.
Adenoviruses are common viruses that affect the airway, intestine, eyes or urinary tract and are responsible for some colds, cough, throat, pinkeye and diarrhea.
Diseases are usually mild, but they can be fatal to people like Elizabeth. New Jersey State Health Commissioner, Dr. Shereef Elnahal, said the virus strain has a devastating effect on children with weakened immune systems.
Since 2015, the Center has been cited for several deficiencies that could lead to infection spread and sometimes failed to properly monitor the patient and handle medical equipment in a sanitary manner according to government inspection reports.
But center managers said this week that the staff have taken all available infection control and preventive measures to protect the health and safety of their customers.
Wanaque Center is licensed to take care of 92 children and 135 adults and can handle more than 60 children dependent on breathing breathing fans. But the state has prevented the center from taking new patients until the outbreak ends.  ► October 12: Adenovirus: It feels just like flu, but the vaccine is only military ] [October19659026] More children do not receive vaccines from their doctors, says CDC
► Jan 29: Deleg said she was trying to retrieve the pieces.
But she still can not understand the center’s lack of transparency. She would have treated things differently if she had known the outbreak, she said.
Still, she is uncertain whether her daughter would have survived, given the effect of the virus on Elisabeth’s exhausted immune system.
“My daughter could not fight anymore here,” she said. “I think there was too much on her, she only fought a good fight. But one day I told her, “You know what? I know you’re done. I know you’re sweet.” She could not tell me words, but I knew.
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