While noting that the adenovirus vaccine is only available for United States military personnel, the CDC said that to prevent the spread of the virus wash hands often, avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and avoid close contact with people who have the virus.
An eighth child has died at a New Jersey rehabilitation center where 23 people have been infected in a deadly viral outbreak, state health officials said on Friday.
"This is an active investigation of an outbreak of adenovirus so it is possible that lab tests will confirm additional cases", the state's health department said in a statement.
The department is continuing to investigate the outbreak.
The illness, identified as adenovirus 7, poses the most significant risk to patients with weakened immune systems or existing respiratory and cardiac disease. According to the worker, the facility had mold, dirty rooms, old and dusty equipment, and that bees would even occasionally fly into patients' rooms. Based on an inspection conducted in August, CMS reported that "it was determined that the facility failed to provide a clean and homelike physical environment for their residents". "We are working every day to ensure all infection control protocols are continuously followed and closely monitoring the situation at the facility".
Adenovirus is mild and feels like a cold or flu, experts say.
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A young adult has also succumbed to the illness at the Wanaque Centre for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey.
The viruses can "stay stable at room temperature for weeks" on unclean surfaces, according to Dr. Alex Valsamakis, director of Clinical Virology and Molecular Microbiology and a professor of pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Symptoms include a sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, fever, and neurologic disease.
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A health department spokesman said: "The strain of adenovirus seen in this outbreak is associated with communal living arrangements and known to cause severe illness".