Ninth person dies after infection at NJ nursing center

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

Adenovirus outbreak claims 9th child at New Jersey facility

The Westchester mother of a 16-year-old girl who was among seven dead in an adenovirus outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in North Jersey is demanding answers, ABC7 reports.

The latest death occurred Friday when a child succumbed to adenovirus, according to officials.

The department says there have been eight pediatric deaths associated with the outbreak and at least one young adult.

The New Jersey Department of Health says the medically fragile child with a respiratory illness died Saturday evening at a hospital.

Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in a statement Monday the teams will assess infection prevention practices and deploy beginning in November.

"The Department continues to work very closely with the facility to ensure that all infection control measures are being followed", the Wanaque facility said in a statement Wednesday.

The illness, identified as adenovirus 7, poses the most significant risk to patients with weakened immune systems or existing respiratory and cardiac disease. Adenovirus 7, in the outbreak is linked with communal living arrangements.

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The state Department of Health Communicable Disease Service has been on site monitoring the outbreak. Some strains also cause diarrhea and conjunctivitis. The CDC is also investigating the outbreak.

Those cases are not related to the virus at the Wanaque center, the Health Department said.

All nine were in the pediatric unit of the Wanaque Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation in Haskell, Passaic County.

This remains the last day when a patient showed new symptoms.

Adenovirus is a respiratory virus that can causes mild or serious illness. They tend to be spread by coughing and sneezing, direct contact with an infected person, or touching objects and surfaces, such as door handles and light switches, where the viruses can live and remain infectious for days or weeks. It usually causes symptoms that mimic the common cold or the flu, and may come with other conditions, such as pink eye, according to the CDC.

"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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