A ninth child has died at a pediatric rehabilitation center in New Jersey due to an outbreak of a respiratory virus, officials announced Sunday.
The New Jersey Division of Wellness mentioned in a news release that "another medically fragile youngster" who had a confirmed case of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation died Saturday night. The child had turn out to be ill just before Oct. 22, according to officials.
“This is a tragic circumstance, and our thoughts are with the households who are grieving appropriate now,” New Jersey Well being Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in a statement. “We are working every single day to make certain all infection manage protocols are continuously followed and closely monitoring the circumstance at the facility.”
The new diagnosis brings the total number of situations at the facility to 25. A staff member at the facility also became ill as component of the outbreak but has because recovered. Another death Friday of a medically frail resident has not been confirmed by laboratory results as being linked to the illness, according to the NJDOH.
The illness, identified as adenovirus 7, poses the most substantial risk to patients with weakened immune systems or current respiratory and cardiac disease. According to the CDC, the virus causes a wide variety of illnesses — including the common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye, fever, bladder infection, inflammation of the stomach or neurologic disease.
The most current date of illness onset was Oct. 22, and it is believed that these sickened became ill amongst Sept. 26 and Oct. 22. The impacted children in the facility’s pediatric ventilator unit had severely compromised immune systems, including respiratory issues, just before the outbreak started, according to the agency.
𠇊s element of an ongoing work to make sure all infection handle measures are followed, we are taking additional steps to monitor residents and staff for any indicators of infectious illness,” Elnahal said. "Not all viruses are adenovirus. Often folks turn into ill for many motives, specifically these medically fragile young children who had respiratory problems as element of their underlying healthcare situations.”
The facility has since stopped admitting new residents as long as the outbreak is ongoing. The outbreak will not be declared over till the center can go four weeks without individuals becoming newly infected.
The state wellness division has sent a group of investigators to the facility to establish the result in of the outbreak. The CDC is also investigating the outbreak.
Fox News’ Alexandria Hein and Katherine Lam contributed to this report.
Published at Sun, 28 Oct 2018 15:40:21 +0000