A New Jersey Rehab Centre has come under the scanner of the New Jersey Department of Health as a seventh child is reported to have died due to an attack of adenovirus. The Wanaque Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Centre in Haskell which admits rehabilitation, pediatric and senior patients has been directed not to take in new patients by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Jersey Department of Health while the investigation into the outbreak is on. The Health Department found several hygiene standards being compromised during their inspection over the weekend.
In the last two years, the Centre was named for failing to meet hygiene standards with respect to storage of medical consumables and procedures thus creating a supportive environment for proliferating infection. All in all a total of seven children have died due to the outbreak of adenovirus while 11 are still unwell.
A statement from 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East representing the center’s 136 workers offered their condolences and demanded the requisite safety measures to be put in place. It further revealed the apathetic state of affairs prevailing at the Wanaque Centre since 2014.
Phil Murphy, New Jersey Governor stated that the Centre had been told to adopt vital measures that will contain the infection and an on-site monitoring of the same will continue. The Wanaque Rehabilitation Centre said that they had informed all the relevant authorities on the diagnosis of the adenovirus affliction and that they will continue to offer their total cooperation in this regard.
Symptoms of adenovirus include slight infection of eyes, respiratory tract, urinary tract, nervous systems and intestines of young kids.
The Health Department observed that the virus strain that has struck the Wanaque Centre is targeting kids with very low immune systems and is largely prevalent in communal residential places. It warned that it can be greatly damaging.