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Unsuccessful with the efforts to combat a seven week virus outbreak in a northern Jersey hemisphere, the state health department ordered Wednesday to hire two more medical experts and to stop all intakes.
The Wanaque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Haskell has no permission to recognize new patients of any age ̵
1; extended an order last month that temporarily discontinued new pediatric patient intake, according to a latest announcement from the department.
There are 125 adults and 62 children currently in the 227-bed facility, according to the health department.
Why did it take so long for the state to inspect the facility where fatal eruptions killed 10 children?
Ten children have died and 23 other children have tested positive for the adenovirus, a hospital acquired disease. Ten children have died. The department confirmed four new cases during the weekend.
The plant, owned by Continuum Healthcare, a profitable hospital operator, must also hire a “Certified Infection Control Practitioner” and the contract for the services of a physician or physician practice the certificate of communicable diseases in the Board, “according to the announcement.
” This enforcement action will require the ability to safely separate physically fragile children before it can accept new assumptions for the respiratory system, “said Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal in a statement.” The fact that we continue to see new, confirmed cases at this time, despite all efforts to strictly adhere to the protocols has made the plant’s limitations clear. This action is necessary to keep patients safer in the future. “
Maged Ghaly, a physician, who works for Wanaque, has been the” point of contact “department since the outbreak started” but if he is a doctor serving all the children in the breathing unit, it’s not information provided by the institution, “state spokesman Donna Leusner said.
Ghaly did not return a call seeking comments.
Wanaque has to show that it follows the state council by separating uninfected patients into the childhood respiratory device from those treated for the virus, said the department.
The state senate health committee is holding a hearing on Wanaque outbreak on December 3.
Continuity did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
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