Ninth adenovirus-related death reported at Wanaque Center

Ninth adenovirus-related death reported at Wanaque Center

Both the staff at the facility as well as state authorities are continuous in the efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

A ninth child has died in an adenovirus outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation center, state health officials said Sunday. That said, investigations on the outbreak are ongoing, and so are the measures to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Adenovirus causes severe flu-like symptoms but can be even more risky than the typical flu virus. According to the worker, the facility had mold, dirty rooms, old and dusty equipment, and that bees would even occasionally fly into patients' rooms. Specifically, it was determined that the facility failed to provide a clean and home-like environment for their residents.

"We are working every day to ensure all infection control protocols are continuously followed and closely monitoring the situation at the facility", he said.

There have been 19 cases of adenovirus at the centre.

Most adenovirus infections are mild, with symptoms usually lasting about 10 days, according to the CDC.

The viruses, unlike the flu, are not seasonal and can cause illness throughout the year. The CDC is also investigating the outbreak. An adult staff member also was infected, and that person has since recovered.

"Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face", she previously told CNN.

The infections "usually occur sporadically - here a case, there a case - so outbreaks are pretty rare", Schaffner 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. These six types accounted for 85.5% of 1,497 laboratory-confirmed specimens reported during the time period. They're awaiting test results. He said this is changing, and for that reason, he believes the number of cases will rise.

"People know patients are being held prisoner, but they probably think they have bigger battles in public health to fight, so they just have to let this go", Sophie Harman, a global health expert at Queen Mary University of London, said.

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