Adenovirus Outbreak Kills 10, Sickens 30 at the Wanaque Center
An outbreak of adenovirus has resulted in 30 sicknesses, including 10 deaths, at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey – with all but one of these cases affecting children with weakened immune systems and other serious health problems. Additionally, many of these victims need assistance for breathing and other bodily functions.
This outbreak of adenovirus type 7 began on September 26 of this year, with the most recent victim falling ill on November 5. This illness is “most commonly associated with acute respiratory disease”, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The New Jersey Health Department was first notified of a “cluster of respiratory illnesses” on October 9.
Parents of Child Killed in Outbreak Want Wanaque Center Shut Down For Negligence
In an interview with NorthJersey.com and the USA Today Network, the parents of one of the 10 children killed in the adenovirus outbreak said that they want to see the Wanaque Center shut down for failing to keep their patients safe. Ocroimy Dolcin and Modeline Auguste’s 4-year-old daughter, Dorcase Ephraime Dolcin, was one of the first children who died during the outbreak.
The couple says that the Wanaque Center has been negligent and refused to take responsibility for allowing adenovirus to break out in the facility. Their daughter required special care for most of her life, including a ventilator to breathe and a stomach tube to be fed. She originally stayed at the Voorhees Pediatric Facility – where four other children have become ill in a separate adenovirus outbreak reported last week.
The Wanaque Center has been cited for other violations in the past four years, including poor patient care and unsanitary practices which could lead to the spread of infections.
How Can Healthcare Facilities Be Held Liable For Negligence?
We’ve asked attorney contributor Brian Kent to discuss how healthcare facilities can be held liable when their negligence results in preventable sicknesses and deaths:
It may seem obvious that healthcare facilities need to make patient safety their top priority, but unfortunately, not all facilities do all that they can to keep their patients safe from the risk of preventable illnesses. In some cases, healthcare facilities may engage in unsanitary practices which cause the spread of infections and diseases. When this happens, it’s important for the affected patients and their families to be aware of their legal rights.
In order to make sure others aren’t forced to suffer due to unsanitary practices or other negligent practices, it’s important for negligent healthcare facilities to be held liable for the harm they’ve caused. Families affected by preventable illnesses in these facilities may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the healthcare facility if the spread of the illness is found to be linked to any form of negligence.
If you or a loved one has recently fallen ill or died in an outbreak at a medical facility, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced medical negligence attorney.
Coverage From USA Today Network New Jersey
Location of the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation