Ninth child dies following viral outbreak at New Jersey health care facility

Ninth child dies following viral outbreak at New Jersey health care facility

Ninth child dies following viral outbreak at New Jersey health care facility

A ninth child has died from the "severe" adenovirus outbreak at a New Jersey facility, the state's Department of Health confirmed.

In some versions of a story October 25 about a viral outbreak, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the New Jersey health commissioner.

The department said in a statement on Friday that the latest death involved a child who was "medically fragile with respiratory illness". A staff member at the facility who has since recovered also became ill.

The New Jersey Department of Health says the medically fragile child with a respiratory illness died Saturday evening at a hospital. "We are working every day to ensure all infection control protocols are continuously followed and closely monitoring the situation at the facility". During a site visit last week, inspectors identified "hand-washing deficiencies", and state health officials have barred the center from admitting new patients until the outbreak is past.

The highly contagious adenovirus poses little to risk to healthy people. "The strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living arrangements and can be more severe", according to the health department.

The department is continuing to investigate the outbreak.

They will deploy to University Hospital in Newark; the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell; the Voorhees Pediatric Facility, and the Children's Specialized Hospital, with locations in Toms River and Mountainside. "This is an active investigation of an outbreak of adenovirus so it is possible that lab tests will confirm additional cases".

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 viruses themselves are also "resistant to many common disinfectants and can remain infectious for long periods on environmental surfaces and medical instruments", the CDC says. Symptoms include the common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye, and fever and bladder infections.

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