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A seventh child has died at a New Jersey longterm rehab facility where 6 children were killed by an adenovirus outbreak this week.

The New Jersey Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed a seventh child died late Tuesday night. The child's death brings to 18 confirmed cases of children recently infected at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, Passaic County.

Adenovirus are common viruses that cause mild cold-like symptoms such as sore throat, cough, fever and pink eye. The virus is harmless to most healthy people, but it can be deadly to people with weak immune systems.

The children were all longterm care patients who had been at the facility for most of their lives. Some of the children were comatose and others were unable to speak or walk due to unrelated illnesses.

All of the children had weakened immune systems and were susceptible to infections.

Adenovirus are typically spread through close contact such as handshaking; touching contaminated surfaces such as doorknobs then touching your eyes or nose; or poor hand washing technique.

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Germs are typically spread throughout healthcare facilities because healthcare workers don't wash their hands between patients.

According to the CDC many lives are lost every year because healthcare workers don't wash their hands.

Health investigators visited the facility over the weekend as part of their investigation into the deaths.

The Wanaque Center was previously cited for minor hand washing deficiencies, according to the state Department of Health.

The facility has been ordered to stop admitting patients while health officials "provide guidance on infection and cleaning procedures."

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy issued a statement, saying he is "heartbroken by the news that several children have lost their lives."

He added: "I am confident that the steps being taken by state and local officials will minimize the impact to all those who remain at the facility, including patients and employees."

Photos by Kateryna Kon/Science Photo Library / Getty Images, Gen Sadakane / EyeEm / Getty Images

  • ohdearme

    This is so sad and preventable, people please be careful when visiting anyone in this type of facility or a hospital. If you weren't sick before the visit you're bound to be after. Aides and nurses really don't practice the proper hand washing methods they're taught, so if one enters your room and doesn't immediately wash their hands, call them out and report them.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Most people underestimate the power of washing your hands. It really is a lifesaver!
    Also, clean your remote. I carry Lysol everywhere I travel.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    I just hope this isn't some sick "Mercy killings" since the kids had long term suffering illnesses.......18 cases? 7 deaths? from some form of bacteria? Something ain't smelling clean here or there.........

  • Alextra Ballard

    How in sam's hell did this happen? I smell a lawsuit

  • Alextra Ballard

    There are proper hand washing techniques. I had to take an entire class on this

  • 9 Mind

    Had to use my hand sanitizer after reading this!!!!

    https://media.giphy.com/media/xTiN0wW88fvKVFVhkY/giphy.gif

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Where's his daddy?

  • ohdearme

    Yeah I know that's why I said they really don't practice them. Allowing germs to spread.

  • 9 Mind

    Right!!! Ain't no damn way....

  • Alextra Ballard

    Portable hand sanitizer is a must. I have one in my purse,my car. Germs everywhere,especially on public door handles

  • ClaireHuxtable

    People don't watch their kids yet when something happens they want to sue everybody else.

  • Vonn

    Probably next to him doing the same thing the kid is doing.

  • tintin

    i have to argue with my son about washing his hands. Now that i tell him he will die because of this germ , he is quicker to wash them now. But i could only imagine how germy the schools are

  • ClaireHuxtable

    LOL! Probably just finished a beer or two.

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    always telling my kids the importance of washing their hands & not sharing every damn thing. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/747d8e87c6aa05ed7e1c7841d4d999e4184e89b7e909de502e02ffab590ca4bc.jpg

  • Yoni7

    I wipe Grand-Sun face and hands off as soon as we hit the door from being out. Coat still be on, d@mn near. LOL It is a must!

  • Yoni7

    THIS just made me cringe.

  • Yoni7

    I thought it. You said it. SEVEN in a facility? Naw, son. Bless those children's families.

  • Renee26

    They better investigate the staff... This sounds intentional like a killer nurse is on the loose ?

  • Renee26

    ? cause you're telling the baby he's gonna die

  • Renee26

    LMAO this yt man at the airport was letting his kids lick the windows and crawl around on the floor... Nasty

  • Renee26

    I swear!! You watch the ID channel too huh??

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Won't be the first time either.

  • Renee26

    Right

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    *in my Cleveland Brown voice* Oh, that's nasty...

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Same!

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Just NASTY.
    This means you are too grossly immature to care about your own safety. NASTY.

  • http://www.4flavorsofmecreolemami.com/?m=1 ?4FlavorsOfMe ?????CreoleMami?

    Have mercy :( this hurts my heart to hear this all of those babies smh

  • Faithz

    Lord Have Mercy!!!!

  • http://www.4flavorsofmecreolemami.com/?m=1 ?4FlavorsOfMe ?????CreoleMami?

    I keep sanitizer on my desk, in car, in my bag and sanitizer wipes with bleach... I am OCD about the germs

  • Faithz

    Children dying, Bombs being sent to people
    homes, what in the world is going on?
    CNN Being Evacuated?
    Oh My, My!

  • ohdearme

    Same!

  • Mister Fantastic

    Look for the workers that recently took photos in the restroom and posted on social media. A cell phone is one of the MOST filthy and fecal/ urine contaminated things, and we carry on our procession all the time...

  • Vonn

    Proud, like...that's my boy!

  • Karen Brady

    This. Soon as I get home I take the phone out the case and set the case aside. Then dealing with the phone while eating, laying in my clean bed, etc. is a whole other story. I don't like when I'm shopping and a retailer wants to touch my screen to access a coupon or barcode... *sigh* what are we going to do though? Can't fight all the damn nastiness all the damn time lol.

  • Karen Brady

    Okay so just last week I was so impressed with what I though was afellow germaphobe in a public restroom. This woman scrubbed her hands for more than a minute like I do and even washed her wrists like I do! I was smiling to myself and thinking "Hell yeah". Then she went and used the hand dryer on the wall. My heart sunk lol. All that feces and what not blowing on her hands. Oh well. Bloop!

  • Karen Brady

    Grosssssssssssssssss. But I see it all the time

  • Karen Brady

    HOLLERED!

  • Karen Brady

    HOLLERED AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Karen Brady

    STILL HOLLERING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm done with all of you.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    He's got a great future on the Clean up crew!

  • Reina1718

    Yes i hate those dryers!

  • Renee Bee

    God bless the little children of the world.

  • Yup, I said it

    I have a habit of wiping my phone case and all with a Clorox wipe or pure alcohol.

  • Bashi22

    Biological warfare

  • Black4life

    People don't wash their hands. That's why I try not to eat at restaurant's and definitely not fast food. Once I was being fat and purchased one of those lemon pies...got me a slice and a hair was inside right by my slice. That ended my pie phase.

  • Black4life

    OMG....where's your mother or father. What the hell ? How can you wash your hands in cold water and say their clean. Bathrooms at certain places do not have hot water...gross. I see vision and will not another chicken strip...don't taste like chicken. I keep seeing mices, (yeah I know mices), rats. I trust me visions more than the food.

  • Black4life

    The staff are not smelling so clean. They don't proper wash their hands and no telling what else as went on. Just disgusting and this is a healthcare facility.

  • Renee26

    Ewww...true people are nasty but I sense something foul here. Too many cases in a short time frame... Like the facility just became nasty overnight SMH

  • Karen Brady

    Blech!

  • justlooking

    Nasty "health care" professionals.

    This is not the first time staff has killed children because they nasssssty.

    Folks should loose their lisence and this place needs to be shut all the way down.

  • Applebootay

    DISTRACTION: According to the CDC many lives are lost every year because healthcare workers don’t wash their hands.

    How the hell the virus get up in there in the first place? Doesn't it seem odd that the one virus that is the mostly deadly to the most weaken is only there? Something aint right.

  • Mister Fantastic

    True. One of my businesses is in the medical healthcare niche, and I alway tell my employees to actively sterilize: door handles, stairways handles, REMOTES, and cellphone cases.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Poor babies :(

  • MsChocCookie

    Truth be told anything is liable to happen in Passaic County

  • PynkCloudz

    I remember taking my then 3 month old to the doctor, we had to see an different Dr. Since her pediatrician was not in. The Dr. came in and st suck her finger in my daughter's mouth! I was shocked and just stood there like an idiot. Thankfully all is well, but my daughter is six now and it still posses me off, more so that I didn't say anything.

    Pure negligence at this medical facility. It should be shut down, these people need to pay for what they have done. May these children fly high and play forever in Heaven.