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

Henrietta Strickland
November 4, 2018

Like the others, the child, who was staying at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, was infected with adenovirus, the state's health department confirmed in a statement Wednesday night.

A 10th person died amid a viral outbreak at a pediatric care center while a different strain of the virus was found at another facility in the state, New Jersey health officials said Thursday. It did not say when the child died at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the town of Haskell.

In both cases, the children have not been identified because of privacy concerns, but most are under age 18 and have extremely fragile immune systems.

Officials have said there is not a wider public health concern stemming from the outbreak.

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

In an inspection report released Tuesday, the Health Department revealed some hygiene and infection control deficiencies at the center. The previous date had been Monday.

Adenovirus has an incubation period of two to 14 days, meaning that symptoms typically appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

The outbreak won't be considered over until four weeks without a new illness go by.

Adenoviruses can cause a wide range of illnesses, including the common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye, fever, bladder infection, inflammation of the stomach or neurologic diseases. People with weakened immune systems, or existing respiratory or cardiac disease, are at higher risk of developing severe illness from an adenovirus infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Strain 7 is one of you know one of the more virulent ones that we're looking at", said Dr. Benjamin Bui with Main Line Health.

Elnahal had earlier said all the cases of the outbreak occurred in a respiratory, or ventilator, unit.

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

The facility is not taking new patients until the outbreak is confirmed over. The paper said civilian outbreaks were not frequently reported because of a lack of lab resources.

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