4 more cases confirmed in viral outbreak at pediatric centre

Julio Cortez  AP file

Julio Cortez AP file

The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.October 26, 2018 / 11:42 PM GMTBy Dennis RomeroAn eighth child died Friday afternoon following a monthlong adenovirus outbreak at rehabilitation center in New Jersey, the state's Department of Health said.The child, already fragile and suffering respiratory illness, was not confirmed to have the common infection, health officials said.

In a follow-up on the adenovirus outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, the New Jersey Department of Health reports an additional medically fragile child with respiratory illness died.

This story has been corrected to show that the total of cases now stands at 23, not 24. The person, whose identity was not disclosed, had already been ill, so the diagnosis does not necessarily mean the virus continues to spread, according to Donna Leusner, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health.

Seven children who died of the virus were all in a respiratory unit where patients receive long-term help with breathing.

Adenovirus usually poses little risk for healthy people.

Another child living in a New Jersey rehab facility that has been at the center of an adenovirus outbreak this week has died.

Adenovirus frequently causes mild to severe illness with cold-like symptoms, particularly in young children.

The health department said in the statement that it is still investigating the outbreak and that a staff member from the agency's Communicable Disease Service was on site at the facility to monitor the outbreak.

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