9th death reported at pediatric centre amid viral outbreak

Randy Kelley
October 31, 2018

Health officials confirmed the presence of adenovirus 7 at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, located in Haskell, New Jersey, where 6 kids have died in the viral outbreak.

An additional "medically fragile child" who had a confirmed case of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation died Saturday night, the state's health department said.

Twenty-five pediatric cases of adenovirus have been connected to the outbreak at this facility, officials said. There have been 25 cases associated with the outbreak. "But they can also cause conjunctivitis and, particularly in children, diarrhea".

The Wanaque Center, about 32 miles (50 km) northwest of NY, serves newborns to 22-year-olds who are "medically fragile".

This 1981 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a group of adenovirus virions.

He added: "The department continues to work very closely with the facility to ensure that all infection control measures are being followed".

Those affected range in age from toddlers to young adults, with the vast majority under age 18.

The Department of Health's Communicable Disease service remains on site to monitor the outbreak.

Most adenovirus infections are mild, with symptoms usually lasting about 10 days, according to the CDC.

The viruses, unlike the flu, are not seasonal and can cause illness throughout the year. The infection spreads like the common cold and most patients recover after a brief illness.

The viruses typically spread from close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands, through the air by coughing and sneezing, and touching objects or surfaces that have the viruses on them before touching one's mouth, nose, or eyes.

She described this family of viruses as "environmentally hardy". "That's kind of the easiest way to prevent inadvertently transporting something from your fingers into your nose or mouth".

Hospitals in more than 30 countries around the world are detaining patients who can't pay their bills, according to an investigation by the Associated Press. He said this is changing, and for that reason, he believes the number of cases will rise.

"Am I angry? I think what it is I need to know information". "But they're not almost as serious as influenza".

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