Monday, 19 November, 2018

Viral Outbreak at New Jersey Rehabilitation Center Leaves 6 Children Dead

Child death toll hits 7 in viral outbreak at rehab center Child death toll hits 7 in viral outbreak at rehab center
Melissa Porter | 24 October, 2018, 00:35

PHOTO: Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, N.J, is pictured in this undated image from Google.

Adenoviruses can cause a wide range of illnesses, including common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye, fever, bladder infection, inflammation of the stomach or neurologic diseases.

State officials confirmed a total of 18 cases of adenovirus among paediatric patients at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation on Tuesday.

This outbreak, caused by adenovirus type 7, "is affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems".

"The facility has been instructed not to admit any new patients until the outbreak ends and they are in full compliance", the Health Department said in a statement. Shortly before Christmas in 2016, an adenovirus infection laid up then 90-year-old British Queen Elizabeth II for over two weeks, and struck her husband, Prince Philip down with a hacking cough.

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.

Those who have weakened immune systems are at an increased risk of developing a severe illness or neurological diseases from an adenovirus infection.

Wanaque is a residential facility that cares for "medically fragile" newborns, children and young adults, as well as elderly individuals and those requiring rehabilitation.

Officials say that this strain is typically associated with a disease in communal living spaces.

An inspection team from the state health department responded to the facility on Sunday and another team from the agency returned to the center on Tuesday.