TRENTON, NJ – The latest news on a viral outbreak in a pediatric center that killed seven people (all times local):
The Pediatric Center, in which seven young people were killed by a serious viral infarction, says there is bereavement counseling and a 24-hour hotline for those affected.
Rowana Bautista, the administrator of the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, said on Thursday in a statement that the community "feels a tremendous sense of loss."
She also said that the center works with the National Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and also offers professional mourning counselors and quits 24/7
The number is shared with families, but not with the public.
There were 19 cases of adenovirus in the center.
Health Commissioner Shherer Elnahal said the first symptoms appeared on September 26, and he was informed of an outbreak on October 9.
The center provided no new details about the timeline of events in the center, including how and when families were notified.
New Jersey health officials say tests have confirmed that a 19th patient was infected at a pediatric rehabilitation center that has killed seven people.
Health Ministry spokeswoman Donna Leusner said on Thursday that the person had been so ill the diagnosis does not necessarily mean that the virus is still spreading.
Civil servants say the outbreak is not declared to end until the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation can go four weeks without new cases of humans infecting adenovirus 7.
Fatalities are children and at least one young adult, all living in a respiratory protection unit where patients receive long-term respiratory assistance.
The adenovirus usually casts little risk on healthy people.
The for-profit establishment has a pediatric center and also looks after elderly residents.
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