Training teams sent to centers amid deadly viral outbreaks

Training teams sent to centers amid deadly viral outbreaks

Training teams sent to centers amid deadly viral outbreaks

The New Jersey Department of Health says the medically fragile child with a respiratory illness died Saturday evening at a hospital.

It is awaiting laboratory confirmation of adenoviruses in a child who died Friday. This latest death was a confirmed case of adenovirus, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said the first symptoms showed up September 26, and the state was notified of an outbreak October 9. "We are working every day to ensure all infection control protocols are continuously followed and closely monitoring the situation at the facility". The infections can affect the tissue linings of the respiratory tract, eyes, intestines, urinary tract and nervous system, causing illnesses ranging from a cold to bronchitis to pneumonia to pink eye.

This month, NJ.com reported that in the center's most recent health inspection report, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services gave the facility a "below average" score, and the 2017 report also said the facility "failed to ensure infection control practices were followed". Many will never walk or talk, and some have spent virtually their whole lives there, according to the paper.

A staff member at the facility also fell ill during the outbreak, but has since recovered. And for most patients, only home remedies and over-the-counter medicines to relieve symptoms are needed.

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The outbreak, caused by adenovirus type 7, "is affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems".

There have been 25 total cases of the virus at the facility.

The facility has been told not to admit any new patients until the outbreak ends.

The pediatric centre where a severe viral outbreak left seven young people dead says it's offering grief counselling and a round-the-clock hotline for those affected.

"People know patients are being held prisoner, but they probably think they have bigger battles in public health to fight, so they just have to let this go", Sophie Harman, a global health expert at Queen Mary University of London, said.

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