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31 October 2018, 03:28 | Rodolfo Wallace

9th child dies in adenovirus outbreak at NJ health facility, Health Department confirms

Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

Health officials confirmed the presence of adenovirus 7 at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, located in Haskell, New Jersey, where 6 kids have died in the viral outbreak.

The "medically fragile" unnamed child died overnight at Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, just two days after the facility announced the death of an eighth child.

In some versions of a story October 25 about a viral outbreak, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the New Jersey health commissioner.

One staff member was also diagnosed but has since made a full recovery, officials said. The department can not confirm that the death of an individual who died Friday afternoon was related to the outbreak, officials said.

Those affected at the Wanaque center range in age from toddlers to young adults.

The highly contagious adenovirus poses little to risk to healthy people.

No new residents are being admitted for the duration of the outbreak, which won't be declared over until the center can go four weeks without any new cases. Specifically, it was determined that the facility failed to provide a clean and home-like environment for their residents. The infection spreads like the common cold and most patients recover after a brief illness.

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In rare cases among people with weakened immune systems, the viruses may cause pneumonia or inflammation of the brain and the tissues around it.

Adenovirus causes severe flu-like symptoms but can be even more risky than the typical flu virus.

"Facility outbreaks are not always preventable, but in response to what we have seen in Wanaque, we are taking aggressive steps to minimize the chance they occur among the most vulnerable patients in New Jersey", Elnahal said in a statement.

The viruses themselves are also "resistant to many common disinfectants and can remain infectious for long periods on environmental surfaces and medical instruments", the CDC says. These six types accounted for 85.5% of 1,497 laboratory-confirmed specimens reported during the time period.

And the viruses are still hard to diagnose since they're not typically included in a panel of tests used to identify specific viruses, according to Schaffner.

"Am I angry? I think what it is I need to know information, I like facts", Poulous told WABC.

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