Another child died in the midst of a fatal viral outbreak in a New Jersey rehabilitation, resulting in a total…
Another child died in the midst of a fatal viral outbreak in a New Jersey rehabilitation, resulting in a total of nine deaths, officials said Sunday. The state health department said the victim was a “physically fragile” child who had a confirmed case of adenovirus.
The unidentified child died last Saturday at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, said the department. There have been 25 cases in connection with the outbreak.
“This is a tragic situation, and our thoughts are with those families who are suffering now,” said Health Commissioner. Shereef Elnahal in a statement. “We work every day to ensure that all infection protocols are monitored continuously and carefully monitor the situation at the facility.”
Adenovirus is a family of viruses that account for about 5 to 1
0 percent of fever in small children, but most patients recover. The infections can affect the tissues of the airways, eyes, intestines, urinary tract and nervous system, causing diseases from a cold to bronchitis to pneumonia and pink eyes.
The children at Wanaque appear to have been more susceptible to serious infections due to their other medical conditions.
Children in the center are seriously disabled, with some living in coma and for many it’s their permanent home, the Bergen Record reports. Many will never go or talk, and some have spent almost all their lives there, according to the newspaper.
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