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Children Returning To Wanaque Facility Where 11 Died In Adenovirus Outbreak

November 26, 2018 - 3:46 pm
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WANAQUE, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Several children have been allowed to return to a long-term care facility in New Jersey where they were sickened in an adenovirus outbreak that resulted in 11 deaths since October.

The virus spread to a total of 34 children at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation and three children were returned, with family permission, Friday afternoon.

Health Department officials have said that once all the children are better, they will not become infected by the virus again – which is why some children are being allowed back on a case-by-case basis.

However, an attorney representing families of six victims, included two who died, said many parents do not want their children to return to the facility, which they claim is understaffed and has a history of safety violations.

“I just don’t have confidence that, in a matter of several weeks, this facility now is going to, all of a sudden be able to keep these children safe,” attorney Paul da Costa told WCBS 880.

Da Costa said all of the families plan to file civil lawsuits against the Wanaque center.

“At the core of this, they absolutely feel that the trust they gave them was violated,” da Costa said of the families.

He told WCBS 880 that there is significant evidence that staff did not do what they were supposed to and that management made poor decisions which made matters worse.