Tenth patient dies after viral infection at NJ nursing center

Tenth patient dies after viral infection at NJ nursing center

Tenth patient dies after viral infection at NJ nursing center

"We are working closely with the facility to conduct respiratory illness surveillance and ensure all infection control protocols are continuously followed", New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said.

Like the others, the child, who was staying at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, was infected with adenovirus, the state's health department confirmed in a statement Wednesday night. At least one of the victims was a young adult.

State health officials say that to date a total of 27 patients have contracted the illness, in addition to a staff member at the facility. The deficiencies, "did not indicate substandard care was delivered", according to standards outlined by the state Department of Health. The outbreak was reported to authorities October 9, the state health department said.

New Jersey health officials on October 31 confirmed four adenovirus cases at Voorhees (N.J.) Pediatric Facility.

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Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation has pushed back against the former patient's claims, citing its record of being ranked in the top ten percent of nursing facilities in the U.S. The Department will not consider the outbreak over until four weeks after the last illness onset. But it can be serious in people with weakened immune systems, like those at the centre.

"Now that the report is finalized, certain findings raise questions about whether these general long-term care standards are optimal for this vulnerable population of medically fragile children", Elnahal said.

The identities of those who died and the affected patients have not been disclosed. The state Department of Health is waiting for additional laboratory test results from the CDC but preliminary results have ruled out Type 7, which has been blamed for the deadly outbreak at the Wanaque Center.

The numbers continue to grow associated with that viral outbreak being investigated at two pediatric medical facilities in New Jersey. The paper said civilian outbreaks were not frequently reported because of a lack of lab resources.

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