A viral outbreak in a New Jersey pediatric facility killed another child, health officials confirmed Friday, which is a total number of deaths to 11. In a statement posted on the department's website, authorities said the child died Thursday night in an unidentified New Jersey hospital.
"The child had been a resident of the Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Wanaque in Haskell and was among 34 cases of adenoviruses associated with the current outbreak, including a total of 11 deaths," the statement said.
The announcement comes on the heels of an emergency room doctor claiming that two children taken to the hospital with symptoms were in "irreversible shock" at the time they arrived.
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"According to Wanaque records, both showed signs of shock days before they were sent to ER," Dr. Frank Briglia, who served as a medical director in care, but was terminated and has a lawsuit pending against the previous owner of the Installation, he told NJ.com.
According to the press release, the health department issued a state-level call to members of the New Jersey Medical Reserve Corp. to help patients with diseases and asymptomatic. They also called on volunteer respiratory therapists to help with pediatric care and experienced nurses and nurses "taking care of pediatric populations with chronic diseases."
The department ordered the separation of patients to be completed by November 21.
"On Wednesday, the Department of Health adopted measures of application against the Wanaque Center, which prohibited new admissions to the entire establishment and required to hire a certificate of Infection Control Practitioner (ICP) and a medical or medical practice authorized by the Department with certification of board in infectious disease, "said the press release.
Officials said the movement is responding to "serious infection control deficiencies cited in ongoing inspections."
The sick children in the current outbreak fell ill between September 26 and November 12, with the first notification to the health department about the outbreak in early October.
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The parents of the victims questioned the center's calendar and, if it were more to avoid the outbreak and subsequent deaths.
Paula Costigan, whose 14-year-old son became ill at the outbreak, told ABC 7 NY that he did not know about his son's illness until a week later.
"He is in very bad state … he has started to affect the right lung," he said.
Another mother of an 18-year-old patient with a cerebral palsy that contracted the virus said she had to ask staff to transfer her daughter to a hospital. She stated that on a visit from November 5, she noticed that the yellow secretions came from her daughter's mouth, and that when she called to check for her the next day she would develop fever.
"Can you guess what would be worse if I did not tell them I needed to be in the hospital?", Told the mother she asked her to be anonymous citing the privacy of her daughter, she told NJ.com. "I should not go down to that.
Adenovirus has an incubation period of two to 14 days and can occur at any time. Particular tension, identified as type 7, is common to common coexistence situations, such as nursing homes and military bases, and may be severe in patients with compromised immune systems.