Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Ninth child dies in New Jersey facility suffering adenovirus outbreak

Ninth child dies in New Jersey facility suffering adenovirus outbreak

A ninth child died over the weekend in a deadly viral outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation center where a total of 25 young patients with compromised immune systems have been confirmed with adenovirus infections, state health officials said.

The New Jersey Department of Health says the medically fragile child with a respiratory illness died Saturday evening at a hospital.

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

"This is a tragic situation, and our thoughts are with the families who are grieving right now", New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in a statement.

The Health Department says an inspection team found "minor handwashing deficiencies", and they continue to work closely with the nursing and rehab center on infection control issues.

The highly contagious adenovirus poses little to risk to healthy people.

Officials say the outbreak occurred between September 26 and October 22.

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At the hospital, the state health department earlier said it found four Acinetobacter baumannii cases since October 1. In addition, a premature baby died following the discovery of a bacterial infection at Newark's University Hospital this month, state health officials have said. A staff member also became ill.

The agency said the most recent individual became sick on or before October 22, which remains the last day when a patient showed new symptoms.

Adenovirus is mild and feels like a cold or flu, experts say.

"Not all viruses are adenovirus".

Symptoms include a sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, fever, and neurologic disease.

The state Department of Health Communicable Disease Service has been on site monitoring the outbreak.

No new residents are being admitted for the duration of the outbreak, which won't be declared over until the center can go four weeks without any new cases. The CDC is also investigating the outbreak.

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