6 children killed in adenovirus outbreak in New Jersey

Viral Outbreak at New Jersey Rehabilitation Center Leaves 6 Children Dead

Viral Outbreak at New Jersey Rehabilitation Center Leaves 6 Children Dead

Six young patients died and 12 others became sick following an outbreak of adenovirus at a rehabilitation centre in Haskell, New Jersey, the state's Health Department said on Tuesday.

Adenoviruses usually just cause mild illnesses.

Kirgan added: 'The combination of a worse strain of adenovirus together with a fragile population has led to a more severe outbreak'. "The strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living arrangements and can be more severe", the health department said.

Health officials said the center has been barred from admitting new patients until the outbreak is cleared and "they are in full compliance". A team was sent back Tuesday.

An investigation into the outbreak is underway. For example in 1997, an outbreak of adenovirus 7 at a U.S. Navy training center sickened more than 350 people, according to a 2002 report.

The Health Department didn't release the ages of the victims or address the severity of the illness in the other dozen cases.

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The facility notified the state's health department of respiratory illnesses October 9.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy issued a statement, saying he was "heartbroken" over the deaths.

After experiencing cases of adenovirus in its paediatric unit, the centre notified government health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is fully cooperating with them and has sought out their guidance, the Wanaque centre said in a statement emailed by Rowena Bautista, administrator of the centre.

The Wanaque Center says on its website that it is a for-profit facility that works with "with medically fragile children" from newborn to 22 years old.

A scientific paper cited by the CDC reported that a 1998 outbreak of type 7 adenovirus at a pediatric chronic-care facility in Chicago claimed the lives of eight patients.

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