Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

2nd New Jersey care facility faces adenovirus outbreak: 3 things to know

2nd New Jersey care facility faces adenovirus outbreak: 3 things to know

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

The state Health Department confirmed in a statement the "medically fragile child" at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation had the adenovirus infection. The affected children had severely compromised immune systems.

One of the deaths at the Wanaque centre was a young adult.

A 10th child has died as a result of the severe viral outbreak that has recently swept a New Jersey rehabilitation center, officials said.

New Jersey health officials on October 31 confirmed four adenovirus cases at Voorhees (N.J.) Pediatric Facility.

State officials are sending infection-control teams to the facility, along with three others in New Jersey to assist with training.

The child had fallen ill prior to October 22, the New Jersey Department of Health said in a statement late on Wednesday. The outbreak was reported to authorities October 9, the state health department said. New regulations requiring that long-term care facilities have an infection preventionist responsible for the facility's infection prevention control program on-site begin November 28. The Department will not consider the outbreak over until four weeks after the last illness onset. Symptoms - including the common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, diarrhea, pink eye and fever - usually appear two to 14 days after a child is exposed to the virus.

"The pediatric patients in Voorhees do not have the severity of illnesses we're seeing among residents at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation", Shereef Elnahal, MD, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health, told NJSpotlight. It sometimes causes more serious respiratory illness, especially among those with weak immune systems. In one instance on October 21, after the onset of the outbreak, a licensed nurse touched a patient's tracheotomy tube and a ventilator machine without gloves, the report stated.

One staff member at Wanaque also became ill and has since recovered, the department said.

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