New Jersey Hospital Home To Deadly Virus
Hospitals are often places we think of as clean, germ free facilities where we are able to recover from injury or illness without the risk of contracting something else. We hold the doctors and physicians accountable for our health and safety in these situations, as we expect to get better rather than worse if we need to be admitted to the hospital. As hospital infection lawyers, we know this doesn’t always happen. Unfortunately, for many residents in New Jersey this isn’t the case, as many young children have fallen ill to a deadly virus in one local hospital.
At the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, Passaic County, New Jersey, around 18 children were recently infected with adenovirus. This specific medical institution houses a Pediatric Center, where seven of the 18 infected children have died due to the outbreak.
According to the New Jersey Department of Health, the facility has since been instructed not to admit any new patients until the outbreak has ended and they are in full compliance. The agency stated, “The Department continues to work very closely with the facility to ensure that all infection control measures are being followed.”
While adenoviruses are common viruses, they can cause a range of symptoms and illnesses according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The viruses can cause cold-like symptoms, such as sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, and even pink eye. Adenovirus can pose serious complications, particularly to those with weakened immune systems, respiratory issues and cardiac disease.
According to the CDC, adenoviruses are normally spread from an infected person to others through close personal contact, through the air, or by touching an object or surface with adenoviruses on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes prior to washing your hands.
While the cause of the outbreak is unclear, the New Jersey Department of Health has recommended vital measures to enhance protections against further spread of infection and is continuing active on-site surveillance. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has said, “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.”
Hospital Infection Lawyers
The attorneys at Lopez McHugh are dedicated to helping patients who suffered injuries from hospital-acquired infections and illnesses. If you believe you or a loved one was infected due to hospital mismanagement, negligence, or malpractice, contact our hospital infection lawyers today for a free consultation. You may be eligible to receive compensation.