Eighth child at centre dies in viral outbreak


The "medically fragile" child had become sick with respiratory illness at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, according to a statement from the state Department of Health.

"They're awaiting test results.Seven other children have died and 16 others who have survived all contracted adenovirus while being treated at the Wanaque Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center in Haskell, according to the Department of Health.The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Wanaque, New Jersey.Google Maps" To date, confirmed cases became ill between September 26 and October 22", according to a health department statement."The facility has agreed to cease new admissions for the duration of the outbreak", the department said.

Meanwhile, admissions at the center have been halted and the outbreak won't be declared over until the center goes four weeks without any new cases.

The child is the eighth to die in the midst of an adenovirus outbreak sweeping through the facility.

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This story has been corrected to show that the total of cases now stands at 23, not 24.

The seven people who died were under the age of 18, and all were in a respiratory care unit, where patients receive long-term help.

Adenovirus usually poses little risk for healthy people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is assisting with lab testing and expertise.

Adenovirus frequently causes mild to severe illness with cold-like symptoms, particularly in young children.