9th Child Dead From Flu-Like Adenovirus Outbreak at New Jersey Center

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State officials say the outbreak won't be declared over until the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation can go four weeks without any new cases of people being infected with a germ called adenovirus 7.

In some versions of a story October 25 about a viral outbreak, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the New Jersey health commissioner.

Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in a statement Monday the teams will assess infection prevention practices and deploy beginning in November.

"We are working every day to ensure all infection control protocols are continuously followed and closely monitoring the situation at the facility", he said.

The for-profit facility has a pediatric centre and also cares for elderly residents.

Each of those who became ill had "severely compromised immune systems" before they got sick, and ranged in age from toddlers to young adults. Some strains also cause diarrhea and pinkeye.

Eight deaths at the facility have been confirmed as adenovirus-related.

The facility said that it would not admit new residents for the duration of the outbreak. The strain of adenovirus in the outbreak is linked to "communal living arrangements" and can be especially unsafe to people with weakened immune systems.

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Adenovirus usually poses little risk for healthy people.

The Department of Health's Communicable Disease service remains on site to monitor the outbreak.

The department said the exact cause of death is under investigation.

Adenovirus causes severe flu-like symptoms but can be even more unsafe than the typical flu virus.

A ninth child has died at a New Jersey rehabilitation facility following a viral outbreak. Adenovirus is a respiratory virus that can cause mild or serious illness, though serious illness is less common.

The viruses themselves are also "resistant to many common disinfectants and can remain infectious for long periods on environmental surfaces and medical instruments", the CDC says.

From 2003 through 2016, the two most commonly reported adenovirus types in the U.S. were types 2 and 3, though four additional types - 1, 4, 7 and 14 - also caused illness, according to a 2017 report from the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease of the CDC.

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