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The mother of an 18-year-old who committed a virus that has claimed the life of 10 children on a long-term care in Wanaque said she had to request members of The center staff to take her daughter to a hospital when she developed symptoms this weekend.
The mother was interviewed on Friday afternoon when the State Health Department announced that another two children had been ill as a result of the ongoing outbreak of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.
“Can you guess how much worse she would be if I had not told them she needed to be in a hospital?” the mother said. “It should not have come to this.”
A Wanaque spokesman did not respond immediately to a request for comment Friday night.
The mother, who lives in New York City and spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect her family’s integrity, has been at the daughter’s bed at St. Joseph’s university surgery in Paterson almost all week. She said that her daughter’s condition has improved since she was admitted on Monday.
Like many other parents with children at the Wanaque Center, the mother said she did not know there was a fatal viral outbreak at the plant until two weeks ago when she saw a television news report that six children had died. She had received a letter from the plant a few days earlier and informed her that some children had contracted the virus, but it was not mentioned how many were sick or that some had died.
“Why did they keep this from us?” She said. “I check her religiously. I call several times a day. By not telling us they gave us no options.”
“We could have intervened,” she added. “We could have prayed that our children would be transferred to somewhere else. I would have gone there. I would have taken care of my daughter and make sure everything was dried, everything was done because she would not get sick. “
Her daughter was born with cerebral palsy and lived with her mother and twin sister in an apartment in New York City. She suddenly went to heart stop when she was 12 years old and left her in a vegetative state, said her mother. The Wanaque Center, 30 miles from family home, was the nearest childcare center for children who had a bed open and would accept Medicaid.
The mother described Wanaque’s custody as decent, even though she said she had to stay on top of the staff, as she said she had constant turnover. She said that she and her daughter’s father should visit alternate weekends. She said she would call the nurse’s station at least once a day and ask for her daughter’s living conditions and chronicling them in notebooks, which she has now collected at least 20.
“I will not lie, they took quite a hand about her, “she said.” I had to be on top of them, but the treatment was overall good. “
The mother became increasingly concerned about the outbreak when more and more children became ill and those after the outbreak became public, said she nurses and assistants started wearing masks and dresses and using stronger disinfectants.
“If the health department was there and everyone took precautions, how was the virus spreading to my daughter?” She said.
When she visited November 5th, she was worried that there were yellowish secretaries who came out of her daughter’s mouth. She called the next day and was told that the secrets were still present and that her daughter had developed a temperature that reached 99.6 degrees.
The mother told employees that she wanted her daughter to be evaluated in a hospital. “But they continued to say she was doing well,” she said. “They said they were giving her Tylenol for the fief and would give her an X-rays. But I kept telling them she needed to be taken to a hospital.”
The daughter was taken to St. Joseph at 1 o’clock on Monday. The acidity in her bloodstream fell and she got 80 percent pure oxygen in the emergency room to help restore these levels, the mother said.
Her daughter was later diagnosed with adenovirus. She developed pneumonia as a secondary infection. Her blood pressure and blood sugar spiked through the week, her mother said.  The daughter had stabilized on Friday afternoon and the doctor was hopeful that she would recover, the mother said.
But she does not want her children to return to Wanaque when she’s better. She said she would like parents to Wanaque victims to join the band and demand that their children be taken somewhere than the center.
“I do not feel good at getting her back there,” she said. “I want to take her home with me. I do not have enough space, but I do not want anyone to take care of her anymore.”
The Wanaque Center is one of only four in the state that accepts childcare patients. The others are in Voorhees, Lake Hills and Toms River.
At the same time, state health officials announced that a second outbreak of a milder adenovirus strain at Förhees Pediatric Facility in Camden County now has seven children.  The two outbreaks appear unrelated, health officials say. Over 50 strains of adenovirus have been identified nationwide by researchers, and the Wanaque eruption is caused by type 7, while the outbreak of Voorhees is caused by type 3.
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The State has performed spot inspections at both facilities and broadcast teams with competence in infection control to evaluate both centers and train employees. A member of the Health Care Department has today written at the Wanaque Center. Both plants have ceased new infringement until the outbreaks are over.
Adenovirus typically causes diseases ranging from sore throat, cough and pneumonia to diarrhea and pink eyes. In those with weakened immune systems it can be much more difficult. Many of the children in the long-term care centers are dependent on fans to breathe and feed tubes for nutrition.
The latest patients who received disease were diagnosed this week, as late as Thursday. 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 on 6 December.
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