Another medically fragile child who had been cared for at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Passaic County, passed away late Saturday at a hospital, bringing to nine the number of deaths caused by the outbreak of adenovirus among residents of the facility.
Adenovirus had been confirmed in a total of 25 infants and children; a staff member at the facility, who has since recovered, also became ill as part of the outbreak.
The DOH reported that the affected children — in the facility’s pediatric ventilator unit — became ill between September 26 and October 22. They had severely compromised immune systems, including respiratory problems, before the outbreak began.
The DOH’s Communicable Disease Service is on site monitoring the outbreak, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is assisting with lab testing and expertise. The facility will not admit new residents for the duration of the outbreak.
Adenovirus is a respiratory virus which can cause mild or serious illness, though serious illness is less common. Symptoms may include common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye, fever, bladder inflammation or infection, inflammation of the stomach and intestines and neurological disease.
The DOH has provided answers to frequently asked questions about adenovirus.