Eight children dead after adenovirus outbreak at medical centre in New Jersey

31 October, 2018, 06:55 | Author: Kara Nash
  • 9th child dies in adenovirus outbreak at NJ health facility, Health Department confirms

The New Jersey Department of Health says the medically fragile child with a respiratory illness died Saturday evening at a hospital.

An eighth child has died at a New Jersey rehabilitation center where 23 people have been infected in a deadly viral outbreak, state health officials said on Friday.

A total of 25 pediatric cases have been associated with the outbreak.

State health officials said the ninth victim became ill before October 22, and that no patients have gotten sick since then.

The child, already fragile and suffering respiratory illness, was not confirmed to have a common infection, health officials said.

Those affected range in age from toddlers to young adults, with the vast majority under age 18.

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


The health department said this week the facility had been "instructed not to admit any new patients until the outbreak ends and they are in full compliance". Some strains also cause diarrhea and pinkeye.

"This is a tragic situation, and our thoughts are with the families who are grieving right now", New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in a press release.

The for-profit facility has a pediatric centre and also cares for elderly residents.

The department said it is an active outbreak investigation and lab tests could confirm additional cases.

Similarly, the states' health department also ensures that it is working very closely with the facility to monitor the illness outbreak, and to ensure that all infection control measures are being followed. And for most patients, only home remedies and over-the-counter medicines to relieve symptoms are needed. Adenovirus 7, in the outbreak is linked with communal living arrangements.

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

In rare cases among people with weakened immune systems, the viruses may cause pneumonia or inflammation of the brain and the tissues around it. Adenoviruses usually just cause mild illnesses.

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