9th child dies at Wanaque Center amid adenovirus outbreak

9th child dies at Wanaque Center amid adenovirus outbreak

An additional "medically fragile child" who had a confirmed case of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation died Saturday night, the state's health department said.

A ninth child has died in an adenovirus outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation center, state health officials said Sunday.

"This latest death was an individual who had a confirmed case of adenovirus and had become ill before October 22", explains health officials.

Adenovirus usually poses little risk for healthy people.

On Friday, an eighth child was confirmed dead following the viral outbreak, but officials say they do not now have laboratory confirmation of adenovirus in this child that's killed other pediatric patients at the facility.

The new diagnosis of adenovirus brings the total number of cases at the rehabilitation centre to 26. A staff member also became ill, and there have been eight pediatric deaths.

The timing of the deaths is not clear.

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The 227-bed, for-profit facility, which is closed to new patients, has a pediatric center and also cares for elderly residents. That said, investigations on the outbreak are ongoing, and so are the measures to prevent the further spread of the virus.

The nine children who died in the outbreak that began September 26 range in age from toddler to young adult, with majority under age 18. Among the 25 children sickened, nine have died, the Health Department said.

The Department of Health's Communicable Disease service remains on site to monitor the outbreak.

Both the staff at the facility as well as state authorities are continuous in the efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

"The Wanaque Center continues to fully cooperate with these agencies and has sought out their medical guidance with respect to the virus", the facility said.

This 1981 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a group of adenovirus virions. Based on an inspection conducted in August, CMS reported that "it was determined that the facility failed to provide a clean and homelike physical environment for their residents. The strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living arrangements and can be more severe", the department said in a statement.

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

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