9th child dies from adenovirus outbreak at New Jersey facility

9th child dies from adenovirus outbreak at New Jersey facility

9th child dies from adenovirus outbreak at New Jersey facility

State officials say the outbreak won't be declared over until the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation can go four weeks without any new cases of people being infected with a germ called adenovirus 7.

The facility has now confirmed that 25 patients have been affected by adenovirus - a respiratory virus that causes flu- or cold-like symptoms, but can be far more harmful to those who have compromised immune systems.

One staff member was also diagnosed but has since made a full recovery, officials said.

They said the unidentified child who died Saturday evening at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell was "medically fragile", CBS News reported.

The teams will assess infection prevention practices and deploy beginning in November, according to Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal.

"The Department continues to work very closely with the facility to ensure that all infection control measures are being followed", the Wanaque facility said in a statement Wednesday.

Adenovirus can cause bronchitis, pneumonia and pink eye, but is especially risky to those with already compromised immune systems.

The facility has since stopped admitting new residents as long as the outbreak is ongoing. The child had become ill before October 22, according to officials.

Adenovirus causes severe flu-like symptoms but can be even more risky than the typical flu virus. Some strains also cause diarrhea and pinkeye. "The strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living arrangements and can be more severe", the department said in a statement.

While noting that the adenovirus vaccine is only available for United States military personnel, the CDC said that to prevent the spread of the virus wash hands often, avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and avoid close contact with people who have the virus.

In rare cases among people with weakened immune systems, the viruses may cause pneumonia or inflammation of the brain and the tissues around it.

The department said the exact cause of death is under investigation. The CDC is also investigating the outbreak.

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