TRENTON, NJ – NJ Health officials said Monday that they will send infection control teams to four long-term pediatric centers and a hospital to assist with training in viral and bacterial outbreaks (19659006) according to the health commissioner Shereef Elnahal investigate the infection prevention practices and start in November.
The answer comes from a fatal adenovirus outbreak at the Wanaque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, which killed 10 people, most of them under 18 years old. A premature baby died following the discovery of a bacterial infection at Newark University Hospital this month, state health officials said.
"Outbreaks of facilities are not always preventable, but in response to what we saw in Wanaque, we are taking aggressive steps to minimize the likelihood that they will be among New Jersey's most vulnerable patients," said Elnahal in an interview with Dr.
The patients in the Wanaque Center range in age from toddlers to young adults.
Adenoviruses are usually low risk to healthy people and typically cause mild cold or flu symptoms. Some strains also cause diarrhea and conjunctivitis.
The strain found at the outbreak of the rehabilitation center – type 7 – is one of the more severe types and sometimes causes more serious respiratory problems, especially in the weaker ones.
The first symptoms appeared on September 26, and the state was informed on 9 October about an outbreak, it said.
The 227-bed facility has a children's center and also looks after elderly residents.
Not new residents are admitted for the duration of the outbreak, which will be declared only when the center can go four weeks without new cases.
At the hospital, the State Department of Health said it has since found four cases of Acinetobacter baumannii October 1. The baby had the bacterium and was taken to another facility where it died.
The department said that the exact cause of death is being investigated. There were stricter medical conditions.
The bacterium can cause pneumonia or serious blood or wound infections.
These cases are not linked to the virus in the Wanaque Center, said the Department of Health.
The story has been updated to correct the first name of the commissioner for Shereef, instead of Sharer.
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