N.J. Health Dept.: 6 Children Dead Due To Outbreak Of Adenovirus

N.J. Health Dept.: 6 Children Dead Due To Outbreak Of Adenovirus

There have been 18 cases of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of NY, the New Jersey Health Department said in a statement.

Six children have died and multiple others have been infected after a "severe outbreak" of a life-threatening adenovirus at a New Jersey health facility. But health officials say the No. 7 strain of the virus detected at the facility is "affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems". "The strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living arrangements and can be severe".

An outbreak of a viral illness has killed six pediatric patients and sickened 12 others at a New Jersey rehabilitation facility as health officials continue to investigate the cause.

An inspection team on Sunday found minor hand-washing deficiencies, the department said.

"This is an ongoing outbreak investigation", the department said in its statement.

The outbreak is at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell.

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said in a statement Tuesday that state and local health officials are working to contain the outbreak. Symptoms usually include sore throats, pneumonia, diarrhea and pink eye.

The facility's pediatrics center serves newborns to 22-year-olds who are "medically fragile" and provides an individualized program for each child, the center's website said.

A voice mail message left for the director of nursing at the Wanaque Center on Tuesday was not immediately returned.

After experiencing cases of adenovirus in its pediatric unit, the center notified government health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is fully cooperating with them and has sought out their guidance, the Wanaque center said in a statement emailed by Rowena Bautista, administrator of the center.

Inspectors from the Department of Health have visited the center and are providing infection control and cleaning procedures.

New patients are being barred from going to the facility until the outbreak is over.

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