Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Healthcare Roundup-Ninth child dies in New Jersey respiratory illness outbreak

Healthcare Roundup-Ninth child dies in New Jersey respiratory illness outbreak

The "medically fragile" unnamed child died overnight at Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, just two days after the facility announced the death of an eighth child.

A ninth child has died from the "severe" adenovirus outbreak at a New Jersey facility, the state's Department of Health confirmed.

In some versions of a story October 25 about a viral outbreak, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the New Jersey health commissioner. Twenty-five children have been sickened in the outbreak, as has one staff member at the facility.

New Jersey health officials say tests have confirmed a 19th patient has been infected in a viral outbreak at a pediatric rehabilitation centre that has killed seven people.

Adenovirus frequently causes mild to severe illness with cold-like symptoms, particularly in young children.

The infection can cause other illnesses, including pneumonia, diarrhea and bronchitis, the department said.

"Unfortunately, the particular strain of adenovirus (#7) in this outbreak is affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems", Kirgan said.

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The 227-bed, for-profit facility has a pediatric center and also cares for elderly residents.

"Most of the time, adenoviruses produce influenza-like illness with cough and runny nose and feeling crummy, but you get better", Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, previously told CNN.

This remains the last day when a patient showed new symptoms.

He added: "The department continues to work very closely with the facility to ensure that all infection control measures are being followed". Type 7 is most commonly associated with acute respiratory disease, according to the CDC.

In the same report, the New Jersey spokeswoman Nicole Kirgan said children are particularly at risk with this virus.

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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