By Dennis Romero, NBC News – An eighth child died Friday afternoon following a month long adenovirus outbreak at a rehabilitation center in New Jersey.
Seven other children have died and 16 others who have survived all contracted adenovirus while being treated at the Wanaque Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center.
“I am calling on the Wanaque Center to take immediate appropriate measures to address this tragic situation.” – Legislative leader Craig J. Coughlin.
“The facility has agreed to cease new admissions for the duration of the outbreak,” the department said. “This is an active investigation of so it is possible that lab tests will confirm additional cases.”
The children affected were previously described as “medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control was assisting state health officials with testing and “expertise,” according to the New Jersey department.
The facility, which houses senior, rehabilitation, and pediatric patients, was cited in 2016 and 2017 for washing deficiencies, improper storage of syringes, failure to disinfect surfaces and syringes properly and the unsanitary storage of oxygen tank tubing, according to the health department. Read more.