The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has fined the Wanaque Center for Nursing Rehabilitation $600K dollars. The fine comes after an adenovirus outbreak at the New Jersey facility claimed the lives of 11 children.
According to ABC7NY, federal inspectors claim inadequate infection-control and lack of hand-washing at the facility contributed to the virus outbreak. The outbreak put 53 ventilator-dependent children and 150 patients at risk of illness.
Ultimately, 33 patients and one staff member contracted the virus, resulting the deaths of 11 children.
Facility administrators dispute the allegations, claiming that a report filed by CMS contains inaccurate information. The facility plans to appeal the findings.
Adenovirus symptoms often times mimic other flu-like illnesses. Symptoms include:
The adenovirus presents mild symptoms in healthy individuals. But those with immune system and respiratory problems can be at greater risk of complications. The adenovirus found at the rehab facility was identified as type 7, a particularly powerful strain.
Since the last reported case in November 2018, the state of New Jersey has prohibited any new admissions to the pediatric ventilator unit at Wanaque Center.
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