Six children dead in virus outbreak at USA health centre

Grant Boone
October 24, 2018

"The combination of a worse strain of adenovirus together with a fragile population has led to a more severe outbreak", the statement added.

PHOTO: Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, N.J, is pictured in this undated image from Google.

An investigation is ongoing, but the center has agreed not to admit new patients until the outbreak is deemed over.

The New Jersey Department of Health said in a statement the disease had spread at the Wanaque Centre for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell.

Adenovirus, according to the health department, are a family of viruses that often cause mild illness, particularly in young children.

The department said it was notified of respiratory illness at the Wannaque Center on October 9, and has been in close communication with officials there since.

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Adenoviruses can cause a wide range of illnesses such as common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye, fever, bladder inflammation or infection, stomach and intestine inflammation, and neurologic disease, according to the CDC.

Officials say the strain affecting children at the clinic, number seven, is associated with communal living and "can be more severe".

It also offers an adult nursing home and rehabilitation center for either short-term or long-term care.

The statement said the health department sent a team to the facility to inspect on Sunday, and again on Tuesday, and that they found minor handwashing deficiencies.

The center's administrator says its fully cooperating with county, state and federal agencies and has sought out their medical guidance with respect to the virus.

Inspectors from the Department of Health have visited the center and are providing infection control and cleaning procedures.

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