TRENTON, NJ (AP) – Another young man died in a viral outbreak this month at a pediatric rehabilitation center. The number of deaths rose to seven, officials said Wednesday when they revealed the first symptoms of the disease
Most of those who died in the adenovirus outbreak were under 18, but at least one was a young adult, said the State Ministry of Health. The seventh victim died on Tuesday.
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All cases occurred in a respiratory or respiratory unit, New Jersey Health Commissioner said. Shereef Elnahal at a press conference with Gov Phil. Murphy in front of the complex.
"Our attention is focused on making sure more cases are minimized," said Murphy, a Democrat.
Health officials said they have local staff and the outbreak has won. It is explained until the center goes four weeks without the diagnosis of a new case.
The commissioner said that the first symptoms appeared on September 26 and that the state was informed about an outbreak on October 9, he said, "It's always hard to know when an actual outbreak begins.
"It may be difficult or impossible to know how the virus got into the facility, what its source was or what its specific propagation mechanisms are from person to person," said Elnahal. "The consequences here were drastic, and this was absolutely painful for families, parishioners, our department, myself, and the governor."
Adenoviruses are common and typically cause mild cold or flu symptoms in otherwise healthy individuals, including sore throat, fever, cough, and sneezing. Some strains also cause diarrhea and conjunctivitis.
But the strain found in the rehab center outbreak, adenovirus 7, is one of the stronger types and can sometimes cause or have serious respiratory problems, especially in people with weak immune systems
Many of the children in the facility require respirators Breathing, and some have spent most of their lives there, said the Commissioner. He described the patients as "fragile" in an interview. It is unlikely that there is a broader threat, he said.
"Unfortunately, we have hundreds of these types of outbreaks per year," the commissioner said in an interview. "Since this case occurred in a place where patients are so fragile and have immune system problems, the severity of the disease is obvious."
Elnahal said a surprise inspection at the facility last weekend saw only a shortage of handkerchiefs
A sister union president said Wednesday that nurses complained about Wanaque's staff shortages, which she said led to poor infection control practices
"As the staff is working to spread the virus they will continue to advocate for stronger protocols and the implementation of infection control policies," union president Debbie White said in a statement.
The center asked questions to a spokesman who said he was late Wednesday
In a previous statement on Wednesday, the center said its main concern was "health and safety" of its patients, their families, and staff It calls for immediate and comprehensive action to implement all available infection control and prevention measures.
The identity of the deceased and affected patients has not been reported.
The health authorities had previously described all persons infected with children. The rehab center describes its pediatric patients, although its website says that some are as old as 22 years.
In the last 10 years, cases of severe illness and death have been reported in the United States due to the type of infection found in Wanaque, but it is unclear how many deaths there were.
A type of adenovirus outbreak 7 at a long-term pediatric clinic in Chicago killed eight patients, according to a scientific paper cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] The CDC provides technical assistance to the State Department of Health.
The Department of Health inspected Wanaque in August, "smaller Defects ", which were corrected later
"Our goal now," said Elnahal, "is to ensure that all infection protocols are followed to minimize the impact on affected families and patients."
Associated Press writer Lindsey Tanner in Asheville, North Carolina, and Maryclaire Dale in Philadelphia contributed to this report.
This story has been updated to correct that not all victims of the outbreak were children. Officers used to describe them all as children, but now they say that at least one was a young adult and that the center describes all of its pediatric patients as children, regardless of age.
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