A serious viral outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation center for "medically fragile children" has killed six teenagers and made 12 more sick, the state health ministry said Tuesday.
Wanaque Center has detected 18 cases of adenovirus For Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, about 50 kilometers northwest of New York, the New Jersey Department of Health said in a statement:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an e-mail that no one is available for comment on how unusual it is for six adenovirus deaths in such a patient population.
The burden on children is usually associated with acute respiratory disease, according to the CDC, which instructs health workers on its website to report unusual accumulations or local health departments.
The Department of Health did not release the victims' age or addressed the severity of the disease in the other dozen cases.
The six deaths Ha According to health spokeswoman Donna Leusner, this month has been beefed up.
The facility was instructed not to accept new patients by the end of the outbreak, and the Ministry of Health said the number of new cases was dropping.
Dr. William Schaffner, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said that such deaths are not common but are known.
"Here I think you have this kind of nasty combination of very fragile kids especially aggressive virus," he said.
The strain in the New Jersey outbreak is No. 7, affecting "medically fragile" children with a severely compromised immune system, according to the Health Department. It has been linked to community living and may be more serious
A scientific paper cited by the CDC reported that a Type 7 adenovirus outbreak at a pediatric clinic in Chicago killed eight patients. The 2001
In New Jersey, a team was in the middle Tuesday and Sunday and found "small hand washing flaws," said the Ministry of Health.
"The health department continues to work closely with the facility on infection control issues," the department said in a statement.
According to its website, the center helps to educate "medically fragile children". Messages left with the center were not returned.
Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement that he was "heartbroken" about the death and that he was told by the Health Commissioner. Shereef Elnahal, who told him that the department was on the ground and was trying to prevent the virus from spreading further.
"I am confident that the steps taken by state and local officials will minimize the impact on everyone who stays in the facility, including patients and employees," Murphy said.
Adenoviruses often cause mild illness, especially in infants, but people with compromised immune systems are at risk of getting seriously ill, according to the CDC.