9th Child Dead From Flu-Like Adenovirus Outbreak at New Jersey Center

Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

The death on Sunday at Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey, was reported over the weekend by the New Jersey Department of Health.

As of the announcement, the total number of confirmed adenovirus cases at the facility is at 23, with seven deaths confirmed to be linked to the outbreak. A staff member at the facility also became ill, but has since recovered.

The ninth child became ill before October 22 and died on October 28, the New Jersey Department of Health said.

The nine children who died in the outbreak that began September 26 range in age from toddler to young adult, with a lot of them under age 18.

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The facility is still not admitting any new patients and won't until the outbreak is over. "But they can also cause conjunctivitis and, particularly in children, diarrhea".

A ninth person has died at a pediatric rehabilitation center amid an outbreak of a respiratory virus, New Jersey health officials said.

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

On Tuesday the New Jersey Department of Health announced the death of six pediatric residents at the center and the infection of 12 additional residents.

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Similarly, the states' health department also ensures that it is working very closely with the facility to monitor the illness outbreak, and to ensure that all infection control measures are being followed.

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

The department is continuing to investigate the outbreak. And for most patients, only home remedies and over-the-counter medicines to relieve symptoms are needed.

The viruses typically spread from close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands, through the air by coughing and sneezing, and touching objects or surfaces that have the viruses on them before touching one's mouth, nose, or eyes.

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Both the staff at the facility as well as state authorities are continuous in the efforts to contain the spread of the virus. Type 7 is most commonly associated with acute respiratory disease, according to the CDC.

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