State sending training teams to centers amid fatal outbreaks

Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

An eighth child has died at a New Jersey rehabilitation center where 23 people have been infected in a deadly viral outbreak, state health officials said on Friday. Wednesday the department announced an additional child death.

Another child is dead as a result of an ongoing outbreak at the Wanaque Center For Nursing And Rehabilitation in New Jersey.

The child was confirmed to have the virus before October 22, officials said.

There have been 25 confirmed pediatric adenovirus cases at Wanaque, including the eight child deaths.

While adenovirus typically does not cause serious illness, the children at the facility are quite ill, and therefore have compromised immune systems.

The infection can cause other illnesses, including pneumonia, diarrhea and bronchitis, the department said.

The teen - who has been a longterm care patient at the facility for four years - was apparently diagnosed with the virus several days before the NJ Health Department was notified of the outbreak, the WABC article says.

The Wanaque Center, about 32 miles (50 km) northwest of NY, serves newborns to 22-year-olds who are "medically fragile". "We are working every day to ensure all infection control protocols are continuously followed and closely monitoring the situation at the facility."Adenoviruses are a family of viruses that account for about 5 to 10 percent of fevers in young children, but most patients recover".

The nine children who died in the outbreak that began September 26 range in age from toddler to young adult, with a lot of them under age 18.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control was assisting state health officials with testing and "expertise", according to the New Jersey Department. Adenoviruses usually just cause mild illnesses.

The viruses can "stay stable at room temperature for weeks" on unclean surfaces, according to Dr. Alex Valsamakis, director of Clinical Virology and Molecular Microbiology and a professor of pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "That's kind of the easiest way to prevent inadvertently transporting something from your fingers into your nose or mouth". These six types accounted for 85.5% of 1,497 laboratory-confirmed specimens reported during the time period.

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