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Adenovirus: 9th Child Dead In North Jersey

Adenovirus: 9th Child Dead In North Jersey

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.

The department said later Monday there have been 26 adenovirus cases confirmed at the center.

There have been 25 total cases of the virus at the facility.

"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 released on Sunday.

Health officials found minor hand-washing deficiencies at the facility during visits last week, and have been working with the center on infection-control issues, the health department said.

The highly contagious adenovirus poses little to risk to healthy people.

The first report was made September 26, and health officials began to survey the facility on October 10.

The child was confirmed to have the virus before October 22, officials said.

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The agency says the most recent individual became sick on or before October 22, which remains the last day when a patient showed new symptoms.

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

Another will be sent to the University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, where a premature baby died amid a bacterial infection.

Symptoms include a sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, fever, and neurologic disease.

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

"Not all viruses are adenovirus. Often people become ill for many reasons, especially these medically fragile children who had respiratory problems as part of their underlying medical conditions".

The state Department of Health Communicable Disease Service has been on site monitoring the outbreak.

The department is continuing to investigate the outbreak.


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