6 children dead in viral outbreak at NJ health facility

6 children dead in viral outbreak at NJ health facility

Police cruisers are seen parked near the entrance of the Wanaque Center For Nursing and Rehabilitation, where New Jersey state Health Department confirmed the 18 cases of adenovirus, today, in Haskell, N.J. The outbreak has left six children dead and 12 others sick.

The adenovirus typically causes mild illness, but the Health Department says the outbreak is severe because it's affecting kids with severely compromised immune systems. But the children affected in this case have compromised immune systems, the health department said.

Adenoviruses are responsible for about 10 percent of fever-related infections among USA children, and most children will have at least one type of infection by age 10. They also note this strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living facilities.

The origin of the outbreak at the Wanaque Center remains unclear, but officials told NorthJersey.com the facility notified them of some respiratory illnesses on October 9.

The health department will continue an active on-site surveillance and has recommended measures to protect against the further spread of infection, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Twitter.




The facility's pediatrics center cares for patients ranging in age from newborn to 22 years of age, according to its website.

State officials were first notified of respiratory illnesses at the center on October 9, officials said.

The state has barred the facility, the Wanaque Centre for Nursing and Rehabilitation, from accepting new patients until the outbreak is contained. It usually causes symptoms that mimic the common cold or the flu, and may come with other conditions, such as pink eye, according to the CDC.

An inspection team from the state health department responded to the facility on Sunday and another team from the agency returned to the center on Tuesday.

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