Ninth child dies in deadly viral outbreak in New Jersey

9th child dies in adenovirus outbreak at NJ health facility, Health Department confirms

Adenovirus outbreak claims 9th child at New Jersey facility

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.

Seven other children have died and 16 others who have survived all contracted adenovirus while being treated at the Wanaque Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center in Haskell, according to the Department of Health.

In some versions of a story October 25 about a viral outbreak, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the New Jersey health commissioner.

Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in a statement Monday the teams will assess infection prevention practices and deploy beginning in November.

He added: "The department continues to work very closely with the facility to ensure that all infection control measures are being followed".

Adenovirus causes severe flu-like symptoms but can be even more unsafe than the typical flu virus.

Officials say the outbreak occurred between September 26 and October 22. Adenovirus hasn't been confirmed in another person who died Friday afternoon.

New Jersey health officials are sending infection-control teams to four long-term pediatric centers and a hospital to assist with training amid viral and bacterial outbreaks that killed a combined 10 people.

The most recent date of illness onset was October 22, and it is believed that those sickened became ill between September 26 and October 22.

Among the 25 confirmed adenovirus cases among residents, there have been eight pediatric deaths confirmed with adenovirus, according to the NJ Health Department.

Symptoms include a sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, fever, and neurologic disease.

The strain of adenovirus is associated with communal living arrangements, it said. The strain of adenovirus in the outbreak is linked to "communal living arrangements" and can be especially unsafe to people with weakened immune systems.

The facility is still not admitting any new patients and won't until the outbreak is over.

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