8th child dies in New Jersey rehab facility at the center of viral outbreak

BSIP/UIG Via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Another child living in a New Jersey rehab facility that has been at the center of an adenovirus outbreak this week has died.

The child is the eighth to die in the midst of an adenovirus outbreak sweeping through the facility. However, the health department did not go so far as to say that they died from adenovirus because lab tests had not confirmed the infection in the child.

The “medically fragile” child had become sick with respiratory illness at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, according to a statement from the state Department of Health.

Earlier this week, the health department confirmed that seven children had died from an adenovirus sweeping through the facility.

As of Friday, there were a total of 23 confirmed adenovirus cases associated with the outbreak.

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.

Adenovirus is respiratory virus that most often causes mild symptoms, such as the common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, fever and diarrhea. However, the strain of the virus found in the children at Wanaque, adenovirus #7, causes more severe illness and is associated with communal living arrangements.

As the investigation continues and the outbreak persists, the facility has agreed to cease new admissions. It is also offering grief counseling to anyone affected by the outbreak, and on Thursday, it established a 24/7 hotline for families who were affected.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Check Also

Parents brawl during youth baseball game after disagreeing with 13-year-old umpire

Parents brawl during youth baseball game after disagreeing with 13-year-old umpirefstop123/iStock(LAKEWOOD, Colo.) -- A baseball game between a group of 7-year-old kids degenerated into an all-out brawl with parents throwing haymakers, other cowering for cover and a woman even jumping on someone's back.

The reason for the brawl: a parent didn't like the calls being made by a 13-year-old umpire.

The fight began at Westgate Elementary School in Lakewood, Colo., a suburb southwest of Denver, on Saturday at about noon as 15 to 20 adults got into a violent tussle, according to Lakewood police.

The brawl was still ongoing as Lakewood police arrived at the scene.

These adults took over the field and began assaulting each other on 6/15 during a youth baseball game. We're looking for any info, in particular to ID the man in the white shirt/teal shorts. Several people have already been cited in this fight and injuries were reported. pic.twitter.com/ieenhwCrbU

— Lakewood Police (@LakewoodPDCO) June 18, 2019

Police issued four citations for disorderly conduct, but said they are still searching for others involved in the fight.

Police are looking for an adult in a white T-shirt and teal shorts in particular because he can be seen in the video throwing sucker punches at people looking in the other direction. Police said it is unknown if this person is a parent of one of the children in the game.

There were a few minor injuries and one person suffered serious bodily injury, police told ABC News. No details on the injury were available.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.