A ninth child has died at a New Jersey rehabilitation facility following a viral outbreak. The department can not confirm that the death of an individual who died Friday afternoon was related to the outbreak, officials said. Twenty-five children have been sickened in the outbreak, as has one staff member at the facility.
Another child is dead as a result of an ongoing outbreak at the Wanaque Center For Nursing And Rehabilitation in New Jersey.
"This is a tragic situation, and our thoughts are with the families who are grieving right now", New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in a press release.
Similarly, the states' health department also ensures that it is working very closely with the facility to monitor the illness outbreak, and to ensure that all infection control measures are being followed.
"They cause principally a whole bunch of minor troublesome infections spread by children, often from children to adults", he said.
The viruses are known to persist on unclean surfaces and medical instruments, and may not be eliminated by common disinfectants, but they rarely cause severe illness in healthy people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also there helping with lab testing and other expertise.
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The nine children who died in the outbreak that began September 26 range in age from toddler to young adult, with majority under age 18.
The strain of adenovirus is associated with communal living arrangements, it said.
Those cases are not related to the virus at the Wanaque center, the Health Department said.
Rowena Bautista, the administrator of the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, said Thursday in a statement the community "feels a tremendous sense of loss".
Twenty-five pediatric cases of adenovirus have been connected to the outbreak at this facility, officials said.
Adenovirus is a respiratory disease with symptoms that may include a sore throat, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye, fever, and inflammation of the stomach and intestines. The CDC is also investigating the outbreak.