Voorhees pediatric facility 2nd in New Jersey hit by viral outbreak

Alicia Farmer
November 4, 2018

"To date, the individuals associated with the outbreak became ill between September 26 and October 29", according to the health department.

The child was a resident at Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell and contracted adenovirus 7 before October 22, New Jersey Health Department officials said in a news release.

A total of 27 pediatric cases have been associated with the outbreak, including a staff member who has since recovered.

"The loss of these young lives is heartbreaking, and our thoughts are with the families who are affected", Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in the statement. The outbreak was reported to authorities October 9, the state health department said.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control was assisting state health officials with testing for the respiratory virus.

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Patients at a second New Jersey pediatric facility have been found to have a respiratory virus, but authorities say it's a different strain from the one linked to nine deaths.

The department said it's working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor the illness and announced earlier this week that infection control teams were being sent to New Jersey's four long-term pediatric centers to help with training.

New Jersey Health officials previously said Wanaque was cited in 2016 and 2017 for washing deficiencies, improper storage of syringes, failure to disinfect surfaces and other issues. The Department will not consider the outbreak over until four weeks after the last illness onset.

Adenovirus usually poses little risk for healthy people. The state Department of Health is waiting for additional laboratory test results from the CDC but preliminary results have ruled out Type 7, which has been blamed for the deadly outbreak at the Wanaque Center. It sometimes causes more serious respiratory illness, especially among those with weak immune systems.

The facility is not admitting any new patients while the outbreak is still being dealt with. The child had become ill before October 22.

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