Three More Dead in Pediatric Facility Virus Outbreak

November 8, 2018

An adenovirus outbreak at a New Jersey pediatric health care facility first reported last month has sickened a total of 30 patients, resulting in 10 deaths, CNN reports.

The facility, the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, NJ, services pediatric long-term care residents, some reliant on ventilators and tracheal tubes. All but one case of the illness has affected children with weakened immune systems and other serious medical issues.

Adenovirus can be found on high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs and light switches, and is often found in communal living facilities. Although it typically causes mild respiratory illnesses, it can be fatal to those with compromised immune systems. The facility has been cited for minor handwashing and infection control deficiencies in past health inspections from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.

In addition to the facility in Haskell, NJ, a new outbreak of adenovirus sickened five patients at the Voorhees Pediatric Facility in Voorhees Township, NJ. Health officials say it is a different strain from the virus at the Wanaque Center.

In response to the outbreaks, officials with the New Jersey Department of Health plan to deploy a team of infection control experts to visit four pediatric long-term care facilities this month, including the Wanaque and Voorhees facilities. The experts will train staff on preventing and controlling infections.

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