"The loss of these young lives is heartbreaking", New Jersey's health commissioner, Dr. Shereef Elnahal, said in a statement.
According to a Patch report, Assemblywoman Schepisi will introduce legislation that would require facilities to notify patients' families within 24 hours of an outbreak or other health emergencies.
A 10th child has died following an adenovirus outbreak at a New Jersey pediatric rehabilitation facility, state health officials announced late Wednesday.
Inspections have found issues with hand washing, which is the best way to guard against the infection. "She's gone, I can't bring her back, she's not coming back".
"It was really dirty, they didn't really take care of me", he said. New regulations requiring that long-term care facilities have an infection preventionist responsible for the facility's infection prevention control program on-site begin November 28.
Officials say that the people sickened in the outbreak became ill between September 26 and October 29.
The state Health Department says the most recent case of an illness was Tuesday. The team will visit University Hospital, Wanaque Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation in Haskell, Voorhees Pediatric Facility in Voorhees, and Children's Specialized Hospital in Toms River and Mountainside. The child had become ill before October 22. The facility, the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, provides long-term pediatric care, state health officials said.
The children all had compromised immune systems before the outbreak. Numerous patients have lived at the facility "all or most of their lives" because of medical conditions. The U.S. Center for Disease Control is assisting state officials and conducting lab tests related to the outbreak.
Adenoviruses can cause a wide range of illnesses, including the common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye, fever, bladder infection, inflammation of the stomach or neurologic diseases.
Adenovirus usually poses little risk for healthy people.