6 children killed in adenovirus outbreak in New Jersey

The department had reportedly been notified by the 227-bed facility of cases of respiratory illness on Oct. 9

The New Jersey State Department of Health confirmed 18 cases of adenovirus among pediatric residents at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, N.J., including the six deaths.

The health department had earlier confirmed 18 cases of the virus.

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

An inspection team from the state health department responded to the facility on Sunday and another team from the agency returned to the center on Tuesday.

Illnesses resulting from this family of viruses are usually fairly minor, although certain strains can cause more severe sicknesses.

Officials say that this strain is typically associated with a disease in communal living spaces.

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The health department will continue an active on-site surveillance and has recommended measures to protect against the further spread of infection, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Twitter.

"The combination of a worse strain of adenovirus together with a fragile population has led to a more severe outbreak", the department said.

Adenoviruses can cause a wide range of illnesses such as common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye, fever, bladder inflammation or infection, stomach and intestine inflammation, and neurologic disease, according to the CDC. Unrelated Medicare investigations in 2017 and 2016 found "infection control" issues at Wanaque, including failing to properly clean and disinfect surfaces and objects inside the facility, improper storage of syringes and other tools and inadequate hand-washing practices.

But the health department said the patients affected are "medically fragile children".

The state has barred the facility, the Wanaque Centre for Nursing and Rehabilitation, from accepting new patients until the outbreak is contained.

The facility notified the state's health department of respiratory illnesses October 9.

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