Eight children dead after adenovirus outbreak at medical centre in New Jersey

Ninth child dies following viral outbreak at New Jersey health care facility

Ninth child dies following viral outbreak at New Jersey health care facility

A premature baby died following the discovery of a bacterial infection at Newark's University Hospital this month, state health officials have said.

A ninth child has died in a New Jersey rehabilitation facility that is now suffering an adenovirus outbreak, according to officials.

"Unfortunately, the particular strain of adenovirus (#7) in this outbreak is affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems".

There have been 25 total cases of the virus at the facility.

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

Health officials confirmed the presence of adenovirus 7 at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, located in Haskell, New Jersey, where 6 kids have died in the viral outbreak.

The for-profit facility has a pediatric centre and also cares for elderly residents.

The child died at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Passaic County late Saturday.

"This is a tragic situation, and our thoughts are with the families who are grieving right now", Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in a statement released on Sunday.

Health officials found minor hand-washing deficiencies at the facility during visits last week, and have been working with the center on infection-control issues, the health department said.

The first symptoms showed up September 26, and the state was notified of an outbreak October 9, officials said.

This 1981 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a group of adenovirus virions.

Adenovirus is a respiratory disease with symptoms that may include a sore throat, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye, fever, and inflammation of the stomach and intestines.

"Facility outbreaks are not always preventable, but in response to what we have seen in Wanaque, we are taking aggressive steps to minimize the chance they occur among the most vulnerable patients in New Jersey", Elnahal said in a statement.