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. "This is an active investigation of an outbreak of adenovirus so it is possible that lab tests will confirm additional cases". Adenovirus hasn't been confirmed in another person who died Friday afternoon.
One staff member was also diagnosed but has since made a full recovery, officials said.
"This is a tragic situation, and our thoughts are with the families who are grieving right now", Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said.
The strain found in the rehab center outbreak - type 7 - is among the more potent types and sometimes causes more serious respiratory illness, especially among those with weak immune systems.
In the same report, the New Jersey spokeswoman Nicole Kirgan said children are particularly at risk with this virus.
Adenovirus is a family of viruses that typically impact young children and usually cause only mild illness, according to the Health Department. "The strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living arrangements and can be more severe", according to the health department.
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A ninth child has died at a pediatric rehabilitation center in New Jersey due to an outbreak of a respiratory virus, officials announced Sunday.
The facility said that it would not admit new residents for the duration of the outbreak.
At the hospital, the state health department earlier said it found four Acinetobacter baumannii cases since October 1.
In a review by the government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Wanaque was awarded an above-average ranking in overall quality but was given a below-average health inspection rating. Symptoms include the common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye, and fever and bladder infections.
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"They cause principally a whole bunch of minor troublesome infections spread by children, often from children to adults", he said.