Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
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19th case confirmed in viral outbreak that killed 7

19th case confirmed in viral outbreak that killed 7

Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-39) said she plans to introduce legislation after state health officials launched an investigation into the origin and spread of the Adenovirus 7 virus that killed seven young patients and infected 11 others at a specialty rehabilitation hospital in Passaic County.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an email that it is providing technical assistance to the state. Some strains also cause diarrhea and conjunctivitis.

The Health Department didn't release the ages of the victims or address the severity of the illness in the other dozen cases.

The agency had said Tuesday that six children died this month.

In the statement, the DOH said Wanaque had been "instructed not to admit any new patients until the outbreak ends and they are in full compliance". "I just want to know what happened".

But the strain found in the rehab center outbreak, adenovirus 7, is among the more potent types and can sometimes cause more serious respiratory illness, particularly in people with weak immune systems or who have lung conditions.


The virus was confirmed to be the cause of 18 infections in "medically fragile" pediatric residents at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell earlier this week. It's unlikely that there's a broader threat, he said.

The health center was previously cited for some health deficiencies including inadequate handwashing.

When Kristine Deleg decided four years ago to put her daughter into long-term care at a New Jersey nursing home, she thought she was getting the best of both worlds: continuous medical care for her persistently ill child at a facility less than an hour from home.

The center's website says it helps educate "medically fragile children". Messages left with the centre were not returned.

How the virus wormed its way into the 227-bed facility, which provides treatment for severely debilitated and medically fragile children among others about 25 miles northwest of New York City, is hard to know, New Jersey Health Department officials said Wednesday.

"I am confident that the steps being taken by state and local officials will minimize the impact to all those who remain at the facility, including patients and employee", Murphy said.

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