9th Child Dies From Adenovirus, NJ Facility Under Fire For Health Code Violations
The New Jersey Department of Health is reporting the ninth child death from the adenovirus outbreak. The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation previously reported eight child deaths. The total number of infected children stands at 25.
The New Jersey Department of Health confirmed that all 25 cases, including the cases that were fatal, are that of deadly adenovirus. The outbreak began on October 9th, officially.
The state is calling the recent adenovirus outbreak “severe” in nature.
The Wanaque Center is unable to admit any new patients until the adenovirus outbreak subsides.
“This is a tragic situation, and our thoughts are with the families who are grieving right now,” Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal said. “We are working every day to ensure all infection control protocols are continuously followed and closely monitoring the situation at the facility.”
Adenoviruses are common viruses that have varying symptoms and impact. Symptoms of adenoviruses can include diarrhea, pneumonia, a cold, pink eye, and a sore throat. Immunocompromised children are at risk for more severe symptoms and even death.
Adenoviruses spread through coughing, sneezing, and touching.
Wanaque Center Had Infection Control Violations On Record
The CDC has received past reports that the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Passaic County violated infection control policies. In 2015, NBC New York’s investigative team revealed 14 violations on record for the center. Additionally, the state’s health department found handwashing discrepancies around the same time as the October 9th outbreak.
The Wanaque Center’s primary focus is on immunocompromised children. The center also serves as a nursing home and a rehabilitation environment.
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Author: Jim Satney
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