Adenovirus Outbreak: 10th Child Dies In New Jersey

by | Nov 1, 2018 | Headline News | 11 comments

An adenovirus outbreak in a New Jersey rehabilitation center has now claimed its 10th life, another child. So far, at least 27 children have been linked to the outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, the New Jersey Department of Health said.

The viruses causing this outbreak are found on unclean surfaces and medical instruments. Although they may not be eliminated by common disinfectants, they rarely cause severe illness in healthy people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  outbreaks of the disease are common in places with large groups of children, such as child-care settings, schools and summer camps. Those with weakened immune systems have a higher risk for the severe disease and may remain infectious long after they recover from it.

About the outbreak of the adenovirus at the rehabilitation center, the New Jersey Department of Health said: “To date, the individuals associated with the outbreak became ill between September 26 and October 29. The affected children had severely compromised immune systems — including respiratory problems — before the outbreak began,” the NJHD stated.

Health officials are still searching for answers since the 10th death has been reported. According to CNN, in a statement last Tuesday, the Wanaque facility said it “promptly notified all appropriate government agencies when the virus was initially identified.” On Wednesday, an additional statement by the facility said the health department “continues to work very closely with the facility to ensure that all infection control measures are being followed.”

“The strain of adenovirus seen in this outbreak is associated with communal living arrangements and known to cause severe illness,” the state health department said. “It can be difficult to impossible to know how the virus got to the facility, what its source was, or what its specific mechanism of spread is from person to person,” New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said. “But we are working with the CDC on this ongoing outbreak investigation.”

The state health department said Tuesday that an inspection team at the facility on Sunday found minor handwashing deficiencies.

“Health professionals and other people don’t think of the common cold as being serious, but when you’re a child, disabled, chronic disease, immunosuppressed, elderly, multiple medical conditions, the common cold can be life-threatening,” said Dr. David Gifford, senior vice president of quality and regulatory affairs for the American Health Care Association.

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    1. Menzoberranzan

      This smells like something that jumped off a scum illegal foreigner.

    2. john stiner

      New Jersey. I have never seen anything good come out of New Jersey. America’s shithole.

      • B from CA


        I have heard Oakland (CA) referred to as the armpit. I guess that’s better than the shithole.

        Ha. You actually gave me a good laugh, since I’ve lived in both New Jersey and Oakland.


        • B from CA

          Garlic cures everything!



      • leia

        True, the politics suck. Newark, Camden, Jersey City and a few other places there suck, but there are worse places to live. It’s not called the Garden State for nothing. Famous New Jerseyans: Thomas Edison, Frank Sinatra, Peter Dinklage, Anthony Sacalia, Aaron Burr, Grover Cleveland, Whitney Houston,James Gandolfini, Gloria Gaynor, Ed Harris, Ray Liotta, Jack Nicholson, Ricky Nelson, Frankie Valli, Norman Schwarzkopf,The Shirelles, John Travolta, Christopher Reeve…to name a few.

      • Old Sailor

        True John. My second ex-wife was from New Jersey.

    3. Norrak

      They had been reporting this ailment AMF was non-transmissible. Now they have changed it to adenovirus which is transmissible. This is more BS. They don’t know what they’re doing or they are hiding something. I wouldn’t trust them.

      • Old Sailor

        I believe you are talking about two different outbreaks. This and the AFM outbreak are not the same.

        • Norrak

          Oh, okay. Thanks for pointing this out to me. I had remembered reading about the adenovirus in the previous article about AFM. Thanks again for setting me straight.

    4. Norrak

      Got ahead of myself. Should be AFM.

    5. Plan twice, prep once

      Actually, I think Adenovirus is raging across the North East, not just Jersey. It’s only the rare deaths from it making the news. Symptoms mimic strep, but there are white not red pustules on the throat. Antibiotics have no effect.

      One of our little guys in the family got it, had no idea the pain he endured until I got it. Think of the most painful sore throat you ever got from strep, and this was worse, lasts 5 to 10 days. 99.999% of people have no issue getting over it.

      One odd warning, don’t touch your eyes if you have it, the virus is related to pink eye, and you could transfer it to your eyes.

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