On Oct. 27, the New Jersey Department of Health announced the eight death associated with the ongoing adenovirus outbreak at a rehabilitation center in New Jersey, though authorities are still waiting for the laboratory results to confirm whether adenovirus was or was not present in the child who recently passed away.
The patient was one of 25 sickened by an outbreak of a respiratory virus called adenovirus, which swept through Wanaque between September 26 and October 22, mainly affecting patients in the pediatric ventilator unit.
Teams will also be sent to the Voorhees Pediatric Facility in the state, and the Children's Specialised Hospital with locations in Toms River and Mountainside.
The ninth victim, described as "medically fragile with respiratory illness" by the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, died late Saturday night at a hospital, the state health department said in a statement. The patients affected had "severely compromised immune systems", including respiratory problems, before the outbreak. The facility has been told it can't admit any new patients until the outbreak ends.
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.
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.
Adenoviruses frequently cause mild to severe illness with cold-like symptoms, particularly in young children. "But they can also cause conjunctivitis and, particularly in children, diarrhea".
There have been 25 total cases of the virus at the facility.
The strain of adenovirus is associated with communal living arrangements, it said.
The bacterium can cause pneumonia or serious blood or wound infections.
"They cause principally a whole bunch of minor troublesome infections spread by children, often from children to adults", he said.