Officials confirm new viral case amid outbreak

2nd pediatric facility in New Jersey hit by viral outbreak

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

The child lived at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell where so far, 27 pediatric cases have been tied to the outbreak.

"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.

A 10th child died Wednesday in a viral outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation facility that's sickened a total of 28 people since September, health officials said.

One of the deaths at the Wanaque centre was a young adult.

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Officials have said there is not a wider public health concern stemming from the outbreak.

There are four confirmed cases of adenovirus at the Voorhees Pediatric Facility.

New Jersey Health officials previously said Wanaque was cited in 2016 and 2017 for washing deficiencies, improper storage of syringes, failure to disinfect surfaces and other issues. The previous date had been Monday. The Department will not consider the outbreak over until four weeks after the last illness onset.

The strain found in the Wanaque rehab center outbreak is called type 7 and is among the more potent types.

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They rarely cause serious problems in healthy people, but those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"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.

Despite the state's assurances that they're trying to limit exposure, CBS2 spoke with a patient who described the grisly conditions he says he encountered at the center. Symptoms - including the common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, diarrhea, pink eye and fever - usually appear two to 14 days after a child is exposed to the virus. The paper said civilian outbreaks were not frequently reported because of a lack of lab resources.

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