A ninth child has died in an adenovirus outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation center, state health officials said Sunday. Wednesday the department announced an additional child death. It is awaiting laboratory confirmation of adenoviruses in a child who died Friday. The confirmed cases became ill between September 26 and October 22.
"Unfortunately, the particular strain of adenovirus (#7) in this outbreak is affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems".
The Wanaque Center, about 32 miles (50 km) northwest of NY, serves newborns to 22-year-olds who are "medically fragile".
New Jersey health officials are sending infection-control teams to four long-term pediatric centers and a hospital to assist with training amid viral and bacterial outbreaks that killed a combined 10 people.
Similarly, the states' health department also ensures that it is working very closely with the facility to monitor the illness outbreak, and to ensure that all infection control measures are being followed.
The facility has since stopped admitting new residents as long as the outbreak is ongoing.
The bacterium can cause pneumonia or serious blood or wound infections.
Adenoviruses, of which there are 52 different strains, are common causes of respiratory illnesses and most infections aren't severe, according to the CDC.
Hospitals in more than 30 countries around the world are detaining patients who can't pay their bills, according to an investigation by the Associated Press.
The viruses typically spread from close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands, through the air by coughing and sneezing, and touching objects or surfaces that have the viruses on them before touching one's mouth, nose, or eyes. "That's kind of the easiest way to prevent inadvertently transporting something from your fingers into your nose or mouth".
From 2003 through 2016, the two most commonly reported adenovirus types in the United States were types 2 and 3, though four additional types - 1, 4, 7 and 14 - also caused illness, according to a 2017 report from the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease of the CDC. New diagnoses bring the total number of cases to 25.
"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.