2nd pediatric facility in New Jersey hit by viral outbreak

  • 2nd pediatric facility in New Jersey hit by viral outbreak

2nd pediatric facility in New Jersey hit by viral outbreak

The outbreak involves a less-deadly viral strain than the one responsible for killing 10 and sickening 27 pediatric patients at Wanaque (N.J.) Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, according to NJSpotlight.

The child had fallen ill prior to October 22, the New Jersey Department of Health said in a statement late on Wednesday. "The affected children had severely compromised immune systems - including respiratory problems - before the outbreak began".

The New Jersey Department of Health is working with Camden County health officials and Voorhees' administrators to control the outbreak and identify other cases.

One of the deaths at the Wanaque centre was a young adult. The outbreak was reported to authorities October 9, the state health department said.

New patients are not being admitted at Wanaque. The previous date had been Monday.

Adenoviruses can cause a wide range of illnesses, including the common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye, fever, bladder infection, inflammation of the stomach or neurologic diseases. It sometimes causes more serious respiratory illness, especially among those with weak immune systems.

Eugene Dorio says he went through eight weeks of hell while living at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Elnahal had earlier said all the cases of the outbreak occurred in a respiratory, or ventilator, unit. "Now that the report is finalized, certain findings raise questions about whether these general long-term care standards are optimal for this vulnerable population of medically fragile children", said New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal.

Despite the state's assurances that they're trying to limit exposure, CBS2 spoke with a patient who described the grisly conditions he says he encountered at the center. In one instance on October 21, after the onset of the outbreak, a licensed nurse touched a patient's tracheotomy tube and a ventilator machine without gloves, the report stated. The paper said civilian outbreaks were not frequently reported because of a lack of lab resources.