11th patient dies at pediatric facility in viral outbreak

The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation on Ringwood Avenue in Haskell NJ

The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation on Ringwood Avenue in Haskell NJ

An 11th child has died and 23 additional children have become sick in connection with an adenovirus outbreak at a New Jersey health care facility, the state's Department of Health announced Friday.

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

Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal wants infectious disease specialists brought in. (NJMRC) to assist the facility in separating ill from asymptomatic patients. "But now, due to decreasing census at the facility, it is".

Elnahal has requested that volunteer members of the New Jersey Medical Reserve Corps come in to help the facility speed up the separation of patients.

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In previous inspections since the outbreak, officials found some handwashing deficiencies at the Wanaque Center, and were working with the facility on infection-control issues, the health department said. Health officials are monitoring that situation. The Department will not consider the outbreak over until four weeks after the last illness onset., which is November 12.

The deaths of the first six children at the facility's pediatric centre were announced by health officials on October 23.

One staff member was also confirmed with the virus but has since recovered.

Adenovirus is a respiratory virus that can causes mild or serious illness. This type is "most commonly associated with acute respiratory disease", according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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