Voorhees Pediatric Facility Adenovirus Outbreak Sickens 4 Children

Voorhees Pediatric Facility Adenovirus Outbreak Sickens 4 Children2018-11-07T14:32:12+00:00

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Was your child infected by the recent adenovirus outbreak at the Voorhees Pediatric Facility, a long-term skilled nursing facility for children in Voorhees Township, New Jersey? Our experienced personal injury attorneys can help. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to you. We understand how terrifying this time must be for your family.

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You must have many questions. In light of two recent outbreaks at New Jersey nursing facilities, many families are beginning to wonder whether more could have been done to save their children from injuries. Thankfully, no deaths have yet been reported at the Voorhees Pediatric Facility, but at least four vulnerable children contracted severe forms of adenovirus.

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Adenovirus Outbreak Confirmed At New Jersey Nursing Center

New Jersey Health Department officials have confirmed cases of a virulent viral outbreak at a Camden County long-term care nursing facility for pediatric patients, 6ABC reports. At least five cases of adenovirus have been confirmed at the Voorhees Pediatric Facility in Voorhees Township. Thankfully, three of the five children have already recovered.

This is the second viral outbreak to be found in a New Jersey pediatric care facility. Health department officials announced the new outbreak on November 1, 2018. Earlier in October, the department installed infection-control professionals in the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, hoping to stem the tide of a surge of adenovirus cases in that facility.

Health Officials Blame Type 3 Adenovirus

At least 10 children have died of adenovirus infections at the Wanaque Center, which is a 2-hour drive north of the Voorhees Center. Officials say the viral strain identified at the Voorhees Center is different from the one that has claimed so many young lives at Wanaque.

At least 29 children at the Wanaque Center have been diagnosed with Type 7 adenovirus, a particularly severe strain of the disease. Preliminary tests have ruled out the possibility of Type 7 at the Voorhees center. Officials say the children at Voorhees Pediatric Facility have come down with Type 3 adenovirus, a milder strain of the illness.

Voorhees Facility Home To Vulnerable Kids

Both the Wanaque Center and the Voorhees Pediatric Facility provide long-term nursing care to children with severe disabilities, many of whom depend upon ventilators to breathe. All of the infection cases have been found in children whose immune systems are compromised, state health officials say. In healthy children, adenovirus is unlikely to cause serious problems, but it can be deadly for those with weakened immune systems.

Health Department Sends Infection Control Experts To Facility

A team of infection specialists from the New Jersey Health Department have visited the Voorhees Pediatric Facility over recent days to assess the nursing center’s ability to limit the spread of illness. In a press release, Dr. Shereef Elnahal, New Jersey State health commissioner, said staff at Voorhees were being educated “to provide infection control recommendations and identify other possible illnesses since the facility notified the department of a case of adenovirus in a resident on October 26.”

No Citations Issued In Inspection

Health officials say the outbreak at Voorhees may have been relatively limited because staff at the facility were able to separate children “into three groups – sick, well and exposed – and care for them in different areas,” NorthJersey.com writes. Staff members are said to have ramped up their infection control measures, disinfecting environmental surfaces and intensifying hand washing efforts. Preliminary findings from the inspection have found no infection control issues; no citations have been issued to the facility.

The Voorhees Pediatric Facility is a long-term skilled nursing facility for profoundly disabled children. Licensed to care for 119 children, the center serves families throughout New Jersey, as well as the Philadelphia Metro area.

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