Voorhees pediatric facility 2nd in New Jersey hit by viral outbreak

Leslie Hanson
November 4, 2018

Health officials linked the outbreak to the virus strand adenovirus 7 - most commonly associated with acute respiratory disease and can occur at any time throughout the year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A new inspection report of the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, where nine kids died in a viral outbreak, revealed lapses in hand-washing and infection control at a surprise inspection earlier this month.

The New Jersey Department of Health is working with Camden County health officials and Voorhees' administrators to control the outbreak and identify other cases.

Health officials say the pediatric patients in Voorhees aren't as sick as those in northern New Jersey where the children are described as "medically fragile", severely disabled and with compromised immune systems.

While the age of the 10th child who died was not given, the ages of the first nine patients who succumbed to the virus ranged from toddler to young adults, majority under 18. The outbreak was reported to authorities October 9, the state health department said.

Downey added allegations about rusted equipment and filthy conditions at the facility indicate a blatant disregard for patient safety. The previous date had been Monday.

Adenovirus has an incubation period of two to 14 days, meaning that symptoms typically appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. The Department will not consider the outbreak over until four weeks after the last illness onset.

Adenoviruses can cause a wide range of illnesses, including the common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye, fever, bladder infection, inflammation of the stomach or neurologic diseases.

Adenovirus usually poses little risk for healthy people. It sometimes causes more serious respiratory illness, especially among those with weak immune systems.

It said that at least 27 children at the center have become ill, CNN reported. It did not say when the child died at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the town of Haskell. The facility has agreed not to accept new patients as the outbreak is investigated, the health department said.

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