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An eighth child died Friday afternoon after a month-long adenovirus outbreak at the rehabilitation center in New Jersey, the state Department of Health said. The child, who is already fragile and suffering from respiratory diseases, was not infected by an infection, said the health authority , They are waiting for test results.
Seven other children have died and 1
"To date, confirmed cases have become ill between the 26th and the 26th of September, 22," according to a Health Department statement.
"The facility has agreed to stop new recordings for the duration of the outbreak," said the department. "This is an active study of an outbreak of adenovirus so that laboratory tests can confirm more cases."
The affected children were previously described in a health department as "medically fragile children with severely weakened immune systems."
The US Centers for Disease Control supported state health officials with testing and "expertise," the New Jersey Department reports.
Adenovirus is mild and feels like a cold or flu, experts say. But it can be fatal in weak and weak immune systems. It can survive on plastic and metal surfaces and can spread via the usual personal contact, including handshakes.
"We all had it, probably not even really," Dr. John Torres, NBC News medical correspondent this week.
Public health officials said an inspection of the Wanaque center last weekend found "hand washing defects" and "infection control problems," according to a statement. The institution housing elderly, rehabilitaiton and pediatric patients, according to the Health Authority, was informed in 2016 and 2017 of deficiencies, improper storage of Splashes, inadequate surface and splash disinfection and unsanitary storage of oxygen tankers noted
On Friday, Craig J. Coughlin, spokesman for The New Jersey General Assembly urged the Center "to take immediate and appropriate action to address this tragic situation to encounter."