9th death reported at pediatric center amid viral outbreak


On Friday, an eighth child was confirmed dead following the viral outbreak, but officials say they do not now have laboratory confirmation of adenovirus in this child that's killed other pediatric patients at the facility.

The latest death occurred Friday when a child succumbed to adenovirus, according to officials.

Teams will also be sent to the Voorhees Pediatric Facility in the state, and the Children's Specialised Hospital with locations in Toms River and Mountainside.

At the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, the 26 patients-25 children and one adult, a staff members who later recovered- contracted the adenovirus during the outbreak.

"This is a tragic situation, and our thoughts are with the families who are grieving right now", Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in a statement. "We are working every day to ensure all infection control protocols are continuously followed and closely monitoring the situation at the facility".

The facility has been told not to admit any new patients until the outbreak ends. "The strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living arrangements and can be more severe", according to the health department. That said, investigations on the outbreak are ongoing, and so are the measures to prevent the further spread of the virus.

"The Wanaque Center continues to fully cooperate with these agencies and has sought out their medical guidance with respect to the virus", the facility said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also there helping with lab testing and other expertise.

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The marquee outside the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, N.J.is pictured October 23, 2018.

In rare cases among people with weakened immune systems, the viruses may cause pneumonia or inflammation of the brain and the tissues around it.

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

Most adenovirus infections are mild, with symptoms usually lasting about 10 days, according to the CDC.

Adenoviruses, of which there are 52 different strains, are common causes of respiratory illnesses and most infections aren't severe, according to the CDC.

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