6 kids dead, 12 sick in viral outbreak at NJ rehab center

6 kids dead, 12 sick in viral outbreak at NJ rehab center

The New Jersey Department of Health confirmed 18 cases of the virus on Tuesday, saying in a statement that the strain of the virus has been "particularly associated with disease in communal living facilities".

Inspectors from the Department of Health have visited the center and are providing infection control and cleaning procedures.

The facility is not admitting any new patients until the outbreak ends, the statement said.

Adenoviruses are a family of viruses that often cause mild illness, particularly in young children.

According to NJ.com, in addition to housing pediatric patients, the facility also serves as an adult nursing home and rehabilitation center for short- and long-term care.

State officials were first notified of respiratory illnesses at the center on October 9, officials said.

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"The facility promptly notified all appropriate government agencies when the virus was initially identified, including the New Jersey Department of Health, the Passaic County Department of Health, the Communicable Disease Service and the Centers for Disease Control", the statement says. "I have been briefed by [Commissioner of Health] Dr. Elnahal, who has assured me that the Department of Health has recommended vital measures to enhance protections against the further spread of infection and will continue its active on-site surveillance".

A severe viral outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation center for "medically fragile children" has left six youngsters dead and 12 others sick, the state Health Department said Tuesday.

Some strains of adenovirus can cause the common cold, sore throat, while other, more serious issues, can cause bladder or stomach inflammation.

The center's website says it treats "medically fragile children" in its pediatrics center.

A scientific paper cited by the CDC reported that a 1998 outbreak of type 7 adenovirus at a pediatric chronic-care facility in Chicago claimed the lives of eight patients.

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