Six Children Dead in N.J. Adenovirus Outbreak

An outbreak of adenovirus in New Jersey has resulted in the deaths of six children, health officials say.

Another 12 children at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell have been infected, according to a statement from the New Jersey Department of Health, CNN reported.

The center has been "instructed not to admit any new patients until the outbreak ends and they are in full compliance," said the health department, which is investigating the outbreak.

Adenoviruses can cause mild to severe illness, but severe illness is less common. People at higher risk of severe illness include those with weakened immune systems or existing respiratory or cardiac disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CNN reported.

This outbreak "is affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems. The strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living arrangements and can be more severe," the health department said.

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