Ninth child dies in New Jersey facility suffering viral outbreak

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The Westchester mother of a 16-year-old girl who was among seven dead in an adenovirus outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in North Jersey is demanding answers, ABC7 reports.

The Health Department said in a statement Monday the new diagnosis brings the total number of adenovirus cases at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation to 26.

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

"This is a tragic situation, and our thoughts are with the families who are grieving right now", New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in a press release.

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

The US health department said the most recent individual to be diagnosed in the outbreak would have fallen ill on or before 22 October. It said it did not have laboratory confirmation of adenovirus in the child.

The children affected were previously described in a health department statement as "medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems".

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Another will be sent to the University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, where a premature baby died amid a bacterial infection. Symptoms include the common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye, and fever and bladder infections.

This remains the last day when a patient showed new symptoms. A staff member at the facility also became ill as part of the outbreak but has since recovered.

The strain of adenovirus is associated with communal living arrangements, it said.

"Not all viruses are adenovirus".

The strain found in the rehab center outbreak is among the more potent types and sometimes causes more serious respiratory illness, especially among those with weak immune systems.

The state health department has sent a team of investigators to the facility to determine the cause of the outbreak.

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