Adenovirus Outbreak In New Jersey Kills 6 Children, Sickens 12 More
24 October, 2018, 09:27 | Author: Sue Riley
It was not clear when the children died, and though the New Jersey Health Department declined to release their ages on Tuesday, it said that the 18 people stricken with the virus ranged from a toddler to a young adult and that most were under 18.
"Unfortunately, the particular strain of adenovirus (7) in this outbreak is affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems", a health department statement provided to Fox News said.
Officials say that this strain is typically associated with a disease in communal living spaces.
The facility has been instructed not to admit any new patients until the outbreak ends. A team was sent back Tuesday.
The department said it was notified of respiratory illness at the Wannaque Center on October 9, and has been in close communication with officials there since.
The health department will continue an active on-site surveillance and has recommended measures to protect against the further spread of infection, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Twitter.
A health department team is at the facility, and an inspection team was also there Sunday.
After experiencing cases of adenovirus in its paediatric unit, the centre 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 centre said in a statement emailed by Rowena Bautista, administrator of the centre. Unrelated Medicare investigations in 2017 and 2016 found "infection control" issues at Wanaque, including failing to properly clean and disinfect surfaces and objects inside the facility, improper storage of syringes and other tools and inadequate hand-washing practices.
The Wanaque Center says on its website that it is a for-profit facility that works with "with medically fragile children" from newborn to 22 years old.
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